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Report: 'High potential' of uncovering American Indian artifacts at Boys Totem Town

Land should be studied for evidence of American Indian life, report says.


February 23, 2021

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

The now shuttered Boys Totem Town campus, seen in 2019, may hold archaeological evidence of centuries-old American Indian life.

There's a "high potential" of uncovering archaeological evidence of centuries-old American Indian life at the now-shuttered Boys Totem Town campus on St. Paul's East Side, a new report concludes.

A St. Paul community preservation group and the Lower Phalen Creek Project, an American Indian-led nonprofit, hired outside researchers to study the possible cultural and archaeological significance of the former juvenile detention campus in hopes of turning it into a park or natural area. Ramsey County, which has owned the lightly developed 72-acre tract of land for more than a century, agreed to the examination.

According to the carefully worded 48-page report completed by the consulting firm 106 Group, the potential for "archaeological resources" is high due to the "extensive use of the entire Mississippi River channel by the Dakota." Specifically, the report indicates that a higher-elevation spot on the property near a long-rumored burial mound has high potential of containing archaeological artifacts.


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