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.