The team at UMN will be building upon a project that students are already working on around Fort Snelling, focusing on its use as a concentration camp for Dakota prisoners during the Civil War and connecting this history with the contemporary incarceration of Native Americans – the highest per capita incarcerated population in the US. The local chapter will explore how settler colonialism and US territory expansion affected incarceration of Native Americans alongside the history of contemporary incarceration of Native Americans in Minnesota. University of Minnesota is a land grant university with an obligation to engage citizens at large. This project is vital in fulfilling its mission.
Facilitators: Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor, History Department
Funders: College of Liberal Arts, Institute for Advanced Study