Understanding Carceral Fort Snelling in Public Education

Created by - Genevieve Romain, Dustin Sjong, Matthew D. Frater, Sarah Forschler, and Aaron J. Person

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Minnesota History of the Innocent Imprisoned: Understanding Carceral Fort Snelling in Public Education

Fort 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.