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March 28, 2013

Local exhibit about Dakota-U.S. War makes it to the Smithsonian



The panels have been tweaked a bit since they were first done after people viewing them caught relatively minor typos.

 For example, a Dakota language speaker who saw the display noted the word ‘oyasin’ on one of the panels was the Lakota dialect and the word was changed to “owasin,” which is the correct Eastern Dakota dialect. 

The exhibit opened in March of last year and has been shown across Minnesota and at President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit will be shipped to the Smithsonian at the end of this year and will be on display all of 2014 and until mid-2015.

The display is scheduled to first be displayed in New York at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Heye Center before traveling to the Smithsonian’s Washington museum.

Leonard assumes that at the end of its run at the Smithsonian, the exhibit will be returned to St. Peter but admits he hasn’t specifically asked. It’s a minor point for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a rural Minnesota museum and college to be showcased by  the world’s greatest museum and historical research institution.   

“I think we’ll get it back,” he said with a laugh. “Whatever they want. We’ll bend over backwards for this opportunity.”

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