Fort SnellingMain MenuDakota History 1862-1863: The US-Dakota War, and the Innocent ImprisonedEducation + InterpretationInteractive MapCamp CensusBibliographyAll Sources used for the creation of this site.Genevieve Romain2780a176af9b081b887fccf1a2c9d8f66cc710a8Dustin Sjong7d8b720b8272f145f79d27a161206c480703e582Matthew D. Frater61f08a66ba71d0a84fb2368cda74dc64d2daa275Sarah Forschlerf112b97c780ede601526729005e344121cd2da0cAaron J. Person7682fe26670fdd393b11095bed5c9c2f5813574f
Understanding Carceral Fort Snelling in Public Education
1media/Fort+Snelling+Internment+Camp+painting+-+medium.jpgmedia/Fort+Snelling+Internment+Camp+painting+-+medium.jpg2015-12-08T14:42:25-08:00Dustin Sjong7d8b720b8272f145f79d27a161206c480703e582718956Homeimage_header2015-12-15T14:27:39-08:00Matthew D. Frater61f08a66ba71d0a84fb2368cda74dc64d2daa275Fort Snelling has many histories. One history most often forgotten is its role as a site of mass incarceration - a history in which the United States imprisoned over 1,700 innocent Dakota lives within the same piece of land that brought their ancestors life.
Was Fort Snelling an internment camp? A prison camp? A concentration camp? Through veiled rhetoric and limited information, the truth is often withheld. To understand how this history is taught - or neglected - today, we must first understand the facts. Here we will attempt to shed more light on this topic in Minnesota's history which is so often overlooked.
Follow ‘Dakota History’path to experience a brief history of the U.S.-Dakota War and related events that led to the site being a place of mass incarceration. After we review these events, please continue to:
‘Education + Interpretation’ to see an analysis of educational rhetoric and materials used in public classrooms today. The way we talk about mass incarceration and historic injustice says everything about how we value this past.
To see where Fort Snelling fits into the larger narrative of war, brutalization, and removal, please visit'Interactive Map.' This resource is especially helpful to visualize the scale of these events in miles, if not in years.
Finally, in remembrance of those imprisoned at the site, please visit 'Camp Census.' This will take you to a list of the names provided in the concentration camp's first census on December 2, 1862.
We recommend visiting each page in order, as it is laid out for a more orderly narrative. However, feel free to use the Table of Contents in the upper left corner to revisit anything you may have missed.