Lower Sioux Agency changes hands

March 20, 2009

Last month I posted a fact sheet on resources to learn about Native American history and culture in Southwest Minnesota, which I wrote for one of my Wood Badge Tickets.  One of those resources is the Minnesota Historical Society’s Lower Sioux Agency site between Redwood Falls and Morton, MN.  The Redwood Falls Gazette is reporting a change in operations at the site.

Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and the Lower Sioux Community have announced a management agreement under which the two entities are going to work together to present the Lower Sioux Interpretive Center history to the public.

Under the agreement, Lower Sioux is responsible for the day-to-day management of the site. MHS, however, retains ownership of and responsibility for the site’s capital needs and provides technical assistance.

The transfer takes effect April 1, 2009.

MHS noted in a press release:

The Lower Sioux Agency is an important historic site with a crucial story that needs to be preserved and told. The U.S. government administrative center for the Dakota in the mid 19th century, it was the scene of the first attack in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The goal of its interpretive program is “to accurately and sensitively portray the powerful and complicated history of the site as well as its historical context,” according to Heather Koop, head of the Society’s southern district historic sites.

There is a direct link to Lower Sioux Agency by way of Charles Eastman, an early organizing of the Scouting Movement 100 years ago.  This is a nice small museum with an authetic setting on the Minnesota River.  The museum is kid-friendly, yet engaging for all members of the family from studious to short-attention-span.  Make your plans now and head out for a day in the Old West this spring.

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One Response to “Lower Sioux Agency changes hands”


  1. […] want to detract from the heartfelt emotion of this story.  The Historical Society is having to get creative about the budget and there’s no easy […]


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