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Press Release - US-Dakota War of 1862 Commemoration at Ft. Totten

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: August 3, 2012
Nick Gronseth
701.766.4441

Commemoration of U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 to Take Place at Fort Totten State Historic Site

FT. TOTTEN – The Fort Totten State Historic Site will offer two presentations to commemorate the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Dr. Clifford Canku, assistant professor, Dakota Languages, at North Dakota State University, will present “Dakota Prisoner of War Letter of 1862-1868” on August 9 at 7 p.m. at the site. On August 16 at 7 p.m., Louie Garcia, a researcher and honorary tribal historian, will present “Spirit Lake: 1862 to 2012.”

Dr. Canku is a fluent Dakota speaker who translated Dakota prisoner of war letters from original Dakota language to English language along with Michael Simon.

Louis Garcia of Tokio, ND, is a historian, carpenter, craft worker, singer at the drum, and powwow dancer.

Regular admission fees to the facility will apply. Fort Totten is one of the best-preserved frontier military forts in the United States. When the military left, Fort Totten became one of the largest Indian boarding schools in the nation. Visitors can explore sixteen original buildings and stay at the Fort Totten Inn, located in one of the original fort buildings.

For more information or a calendar of 2012 state historic site programs, contact the State Historical Society at 701.328.2666, e-mail histsoc@nd.gov, or visit history.nd.gov.

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