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Press Release - Event Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War in North Dakota

Contact: Diane Rogness, SHSND

Event Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War in North Dakota

BISMARCK—On Saturday, June 28, the public is invited to attend a free day-long conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Dakota. “Place, Property and Power: Pre and Post North Dakota Civil War Story” activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. The program is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and the Fort Peck Tribe.

Five US Civil War battlefield sites are located in North Dakota—Big Mound, Dead Buffalo Lake, Killdeer Mountain, Stony Lake, and Whitestone Hill. “The Confederate States of America did not invade Dakota Territory, but the US Army did use resources and troops to battle with the Dakota or Sioux people to drive them west out of Dakota Territory. This was in response to the US Dakota War in Minnesota in 1862,” said Fern Swenson, director of Archaeology and Historic Preservation with the State Historical Society.

Speakers will focus on the Northern Plains before 1850, the aftermath of the battles, and how that history affects the state today. This event will set the context of the 150th commemoration of Killdeer Mountain Battlefield, Battle of the Badlands, and Fort Dilts. Additional events specific to those locations will take place throughout the summer.

Speakers include Kevin Locke, distinguished musician and educator; Dr. Raymond DeMallie, chancellor’s professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Indiana University; Dr. Gregory Gagnon retired from the University of North Dakota Department of American Indian Studies and teaching with Loyola University of New Orleans; and Dr. Douglas Scott, retired archaeologist from the National Park Service.

For a full schedule of events, go to or call 701.328.2666.

A Kroll’s Diner food truck will be available for food purchases.

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