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History Break- Men in the Middle: Wacouta I, Iron Cloud and the 1851 Minnesota Land Treaties

February 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Leaders of the Red Wing Mdewakanton, the Wahpekute and their fellow head men face a confounding dilemma during rancorous land concession talks with US representatives. Conducted at Mendota, treaty negotiations stall while Eastern Dakota chiefs ponder a dilemma. They could sell millions of acres of their Minnesota homeland and enrage militant followers pledged to shoot the first chief to sign such a treaty, or refuse to meet the demands of coercive American negotiators and further delay desperately needed annuity payments owed them.

Join us on February 16th for part two of the six part history break series “Red Wing and Its Place in Minnesota History: Untold Stories.” With Red Wing native and award-winning author Frederick L. Johnson, in consideration of four decades of historical research on Minnesota, takes an in-depth look at significant local stories his general histories could not cover. Each topic addressed considers an event, person or trend significant in Red Wing and Goodhue County’s past, and in Minnesota history as well. As always, he relies on primary-sourced documentation and images to illuminate his talks.  

This program is being offered in person and virtually, so if you can’t make it in person join us on Zoom using the link below.





February 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Goodhue County History Center
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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