Review – Six Essays

Review – Six Essays
December 26, 2018

A new exhibit, “States of Incarceration,” opened recently at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “…it takes a deep look at an overrepresented group in the state’s prisons and jails: American Indians.”

The 1st item below describes the exhibit. The 2nd item identifies errors in the exhibit. The 3rd, 4th and 5th items are replies to the 2nd item. The 6th item is a reply to the 3rd, 4th and 5th items.

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MHS FR – Maintenance Problems

Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Fort Ridgely
Maintenance Problems
Posted on September 3, 2018

I visited Fort Ridgely Historic Site on August 24, 2018. There have been few improvements since my last visit on July 14, 2018. The Minnesota Historical Society continues to show:

  • No Resprect for history at Minnesota’s most important historic site.
  • No Respect for the people who fought and died here.
  • No Respect for the paying public who visit this site.

I noted the following:

  • The Hours of Operation sign has not been replaced.
  • The potholes in the south entrance driveway are worse. Excess pea rock from elsewhere in the parking lot can fix this.
  • There are more weeds in the parking lot and on the trails since my last visit.
  • Many minor popping plastic problems on the trails have been fixed. There are at least 13 major problems that have not been fixed. Gophers are digging under the plastic making the trail base spongy. There many trail areas where the tops of the plastic base are showing. The loose pea rock is settling into low places making an inconsistent walking surface.
  • The woodchuck hole is still there. Does anyone want to put your hand down the hole to see if anyone is living there?

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Review – MHS WL Battle Sign

Minnesota Historical Society
Wood Lake Battle Sign
http://www.usdakotawar.org/history/battle-wood-lake
Reviewed on May 29, 2017

Items of Interest

From the MHS Website: This sign replaced the old sign in 2012. Content on this sign was reviewed by an MHS historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the MHS Indian Advisory Committee.

This review includes the text on the Minnesota Historical Society website and the text on the sign.

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Review – MHS FR – Site Sign

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely Site Sign
http://www.usdakotawar.org/history/attack-fort-ridgely
Reviewed on May 29, 2017
Updated on June 12, 2017

Items of Interest

From the MHS Website: This sign replaced the old sign in 2012. Content on this sign was reviewed by an MHS historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the MHS Indian Advisory Committee.

This review includes the text on the Minnesota Historical Society website and the text on the sign.

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Review – MHS Acton Sign

Minnesota Historical Society
The Acton Incident Sign
http://www.usdakotawar.org/history/acton-incident
Reviewed on May 29, 2017

Items of Interest

From the MHS Website: This sign replaced the old sign in 2012. Content on this sign was reviewed by an MHS historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the MHS Indian Advisory Committee.

This review includes the text on the Minnesota Historical Society website and the text on the sign.

With 19 incorrect statements on this sign, this is one of the worst signs I have reviewed.

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Review – MHS FS at Bdote Book

Fort Snelling at Bdote: A Brief History
By Peter DeCarlo
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 2016
Reviewed on February 19, 2017
Updated on January 21, 2018

Items of Interest

The title implies this book is about historic Fort Snelling. But, much of it is about Dakota Indian history not related to historic Fort Snelling.

Written by a Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) employee and published by MHS, this book leaves no doubt of MHS’s policy on historic Dakota/White relations.

I am reviewing only that portion of this book related to the Dakota Indians.

General Comments

  • Save your money.
  • How do I use this book? It has no footnotes, no Table of Contents and no Index. Without footnotes, the text lacks credibility. It is a storybook. The knowledgeable reader will be insulted. The unknowledgeable reader will be misled.
  • As I read this book, these words came to mind: wrong, biased, disrespectful (to the Whites), exaggeration, allegation, generalization, incomplete, wordsmithing, revisionist history and agenda-driven.
  • Incorrect – The author states that ancestors of the Dakota Indians were the first residents of the state of Minnesota. This cannot be proven.
  • If Mdote (Bdote) was sacred to the Dakota, they would not have sold this land in 1805, they would not have confirmed the sale in 1820, they would not have granted Pike Island to Pelagie Faribault in 1820 and they would not have permitted the US to start building Fort Snelling in 1820.
  • Unbalanced – It is stated that the Fort Snelling Dakota internment camp was a concentration camp, but it is not stated that the camps where hostile Dakota held white and mixed-blood civilians were concentration camps.
  • Unbalanced – It is stated that the US committed genocide against the Dakota Indians, but it is not stated that hostile Dakota committed genocide against whites and mixed-bloods.
  • While this book is about Fort Snelling and the Dakota Indians, I never saw the Dakota name for Fort Snelling.

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Review – Composite II Speeches

Composite II Speeches (Up to August 2015)

Items of Interest

Included below are reviews of 29 speeches. I attended most of these speeches and found others on the internet. I combined these speeches into a “Composite speech.”

One of the speakers was an archeologist. His answers to my questions:

  1. The ancestors of the Dakota Indians were not Minnesota’s first residents.
  2. The ancestors of the Dakota Indians arrived in present day Minnesota about 600 A.D. from the central Mississippi River area.
  3. The ancestors of the Dakota Indians never occupied all of Minnesota.
  4. It cannot be proven there are Dakota remains in all of the burial mounds in Minnesota.

General Comments

  • There are many unproven allegations, incorrect generalities and incorrect statements in the following statements.
  • Some of these statements are complicated and need more details than what I can give here.

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