June 17th, 2019 – In our letter of 13 March 2019, you were informed that the Minnesota HistoricalSociety (MNHS) will be sponsoring archaeological investigations at Historic FortSnelling @ Bdote in the spring and early summer of 2019. This work will be done in
connection with the Section 106 review of the proposed Fort Snelling Revitalization
Project and Lower Post PPU Amendment that is currently being conducted by the
National Park Service (NPS). A Programmatic Agreement (PA) is in place among
NPS, MNHS, the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Consulting
Parties (11 of which are Native American groups) which dictates the steps to be
followed in order to complete the Section 106 process.
Our letter included a map which showed the areas scheduled for
archaeological investigations. As design work on the Revitalization Project has
proceeded, additional areas have been identified that will require some
archaeological work to ensure that significant resources are protected during
This map shows the updated plan for archaeological work this summer.
Note that the Remembrance Area ( Wokiksuye ) is now included in the plan.
This is the site of the Medicine Bottle and Sakpedan hanging in 1865. The intent of
work in this area is to ensure that remnants of historic structures or other
archaeological features will not be damaged by plantings.
The current plan is to have archaeological fieldwork in this location at
Historic Fort Snelling @ Bdote start on July 18, 2019. That date may need to change
slightly if weather conditions are not favorable, but under no circumstances will
archaeological work begin prior to July 17, 2019. It is estimated that it will take
approximately one week to complete this aspect of the planned work. All other
conditions expressed in our previous letter still hold.
If you wish to observe the work in progress, you are welcome to do so. If you
are a consulting party to the Programmatic Agreement, the process is outlined in the
Level Of Effort document. If you are not a consulting party, you are asked to respond
to this notice if you plan to be on site to observe. We invite anyone with questions
or comments about the archaeology plan to communicate with either of the two
individuals listed below.
Pat Emerson: Director, Archaeology Director
Joe D. Horse Capture: Director, Native American Initiatives
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