Native American culture and language was nearly lost after generations of young people were sent to boarding schools. Organizations like Dakota Wicohan in Morton are working to preserve and pass the language and Native ways on for future generations.
The Renville County Historical Society collected and displayed more than 150 years of bridal fashion in 2022. The dresses ranged from a black Victorian number from the 1880s to two dresses from 2020, illustrating how weddings were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The dresses were exhibited during the Renville County Fair in August.
On Thursday, the Renville County Historical Society held a presentation on the Battle of Birch Coulee, which took place on Sept. 2 and 3, 1862. It was the bloodiest battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, claiming the lives of nearly 20 U.S. soldiers and at least two Dakota warriors. Many more were injured on both sides.
The U.S.-Dakota War broke out at the Lower Sioux Agency on Aug. 18, 1862, just over 160 years ago. By the end of the conflict, hundreds of Dakota, mixed-race persons and white settlers would lose their lives. Today, the staff at the historical agency site are working to tell the stories about those several months while also helping visitors to understand their own part in the ongoing narrative.
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