As part of the continuing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War, there are a number of lectures and discussions scheduled for the next two weeks, starting with one at Bethel:

  • Bethel’s Reconciliation Studies program will be screening the film Dakota 38 tomorrow, Oct. 16th, 6:30pm in the Eastlund Room. It tells the story of Jim Miller, a Lakota spiritual leader, who journeyed 330 miles on horseback from South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota, where thirty-eight Dakota warriors were executed by the U.S. government in 1862. Miller and his wife, Alberta Iron Cloud, will lead a post-film discussion about Dakota history and spirituality.
  • The Minnesota History Center will host a conversation about the relationship between Norwegian and German immigrants to Minnesota and the Ojibwe and Dakota peoples they found already living there, moderated by Kathleen Conzen (U. Chicago) and Betty Bergland (U. Wisconsin-River Falls) – Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 7pm (free).
  • Dakota artist-scholar Gwen Westerman (Minnesota State-Mankato) will share her perspective on the Dakota experience in Minnesota as part of the One Minneapolis, One Read event – Thursday, Oct. 25th, 7pm, Minneapolis Central Library (free).
  • William Mitchell School of Law will host a day-long symposium on the war, featuring scholars like John LaVelle (U. New Mexico Law School), Angelique EagleWoman (U. Idaho School of Law), Carol Chomsky (U. Minnesota), and Paul Finkleman (Albany Law School) – Saturday, Oct. 26th, William Mitchell School of Law ($15 – register here). (H/T Chris Adamson ’09)

Ded Unk’unpi – We Are Here, an exhibit of works by Native American artists inspired by the 1862 war, is moving to the James J. Hill House, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 19th, 5:30-7:30pm. (Free, but reservations are recommended: call 651-297-2555.) The gallery will remain at the Hill House through Jan. 13, 2013; $2 for a tour of the gallery alone, $9 for the full site ($7 for students). Check the Hill House website for more information.

And an excellent exhibition on the war will be at the Minnesota History Center through next September. (Our own Prof. Diana Magnuson recently visited and gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up.) History Center tickets are $11, discounted to $9 for college students. And there’s always free admission on Tuesday evenings (5-8pm). Or join the Minnesota Historical Society and get free admission anytime to see the Dakota War exhibit and permanent exhibits on Minnesotans in World War II, the changing face of a neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side, and weather in Minnesota. (MHS membership also gives free admission to sites like the Hill House and Historic Fort Snelling.)

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