A series of public forums discussing “The Dakota War in Dakota Territory” is scheduled for Sitting Bull College Friday and Watford City Saturday.
The programs are organized by the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.
Friday’s forum begins at 7 p.m. in the Sitting Bull College Science and Technology Center, room 120/101.
Saturday’s forum will be at 7 p.m. at the Watford City High School media center.
Richard Rothaus, CEO of Trefoil Cultural and Environmental, and research associate of the NDSU center, is the lead scholar for the program series.
Other presenters are Tamara St. John, archivist for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate; Dennis Gill, an elder in the Sisseton-Wahpeton community; and LaDonna Allard, tourism director of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Dennis Cooley, professor of philosophy at NDSU, will moderate the programs, in which audience discussion is invited and encouraged.
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862-64, which began with violence in Minnesota in 1862, moved into Dakota Territory with the siege of Fort Abercrombie in 1862.
It extended onto the Dakota plains in 1863-64. Actions at Whitestone Hill in 1863 and Killdeer Mountain in 1864 are the best-known events in a war that involved not only all Dakota peoples, but also the western Lakota, as well as the citizens and armed forces of the territory and nation.