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Mankato State University (Mankato, MN 56001-6068)
Gwen Nell Westerman (Project Director: December 2014 to December 2019)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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$192,774 (approved)
$194,774 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 5/31/2018

This Is Who We Are: Letters of the Dakota,1838-1878

Translation and creation of a critical edition of letters written by Dakota people living in Minnesota in the mid-nineteenth century. (24 months)

"This Is Who We Are: Letters from the Dakota, 1838-1878" will provide English translations of first-person narratives of Dakota people writing in their own language during the mid-19th century compiled as a critical edition. Translation from Dakota to English, with historical and biographical context, will provide access to a body of work previously unavailable to scholars of Dakota history and culture, of Minnesota history, and of American Indian policies during the Civil War. Beyond regional interest, these letters may also have significance for scholars in the fields of internment camp studies, truth commissions and reconciliation, as well as broader military history, United States history, and colonization history. Additional contributions may be made in fields where borderlands, resistance, subaltern states, and other theories of center and periphery come into play. This time period spans the years of most drastic change for Dakota people: land loss, war, exile, and recovery.