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In an unprecedented step, Minnesota returns 114 acres to Lower Sioux Indian Community


February 22, 2021


A Dakota language class walked the grounds of the Lower Sioux Historical Site in 2017. The tribe hopes to draw more visitors to learn its history.

In an emotional ceremony this month, the Minnesota Historical Society officially returned 114 acres along the Minnesota River bluffs to the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

The land transfer, approved by the Legislature in 2017, became official Feb. 12, returning about half of the southern Minnesota property around the nonprofit's historic site to the tribe.

"I don't know if it's ever happened before, where a state gave land back to a tribe," Lower Sioux President Robert Larsen said. "[Our ancestors] paid for this land over and over with their blood, with their lives. It's not a sale; it's been paid for by the ones that aren't here anymore."


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