Many Voices, Many Stories: What Fort Snelling Means to Me
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Many Voices, Many Stories: What Fort Snelling Means to Me

(music) (Alisha Volante) Fort Snelling to me is like this living, breathing artifact. (Amber Annis) First and foremost, this is Dakota land. (Volante) It was here before Minnesota and it’s in a critical space where the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers meet. (Harold Brown) It was at Fort Snelling where my whole career in the military started. I’m one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. We were the first black pilots in the military and we fought in World War II. (Bud Nakasone) Fort Snelling had at one time a Military Intelligence Service Language School. They trained linguists in Japanese. [river flowing] (Annis) Juxtaposed right next to that patriotism and that honor and that pride is despair. It’s Indian exile. It’s Indian removal. It’s a concentration camp for Dakota people. (Lynne Jackson) Fort Snelling was a critical location in the lives of Dred and Harriet Scott. This place allowed them to sue for their freedom because they had been in free territory for a significant amount of time. Because of all that, we actually were able to be a part of history that ended slavery. (Annis) Minnesota citizens, they can only benefit from understanding and accepting and acknowledging that all of these complicated histories have happened there. (Volante) We’re ready for a change. We’re ready to take it to the next level.

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