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Preservationist talks about Dakota history and small-town life

Anthony Morse, 25, works at the Lower Sioux Agency historic site near Morton, Minn.

Anthony Morse
MinnPost photo by Steve Date
Anthony Morse

Anthony Morse, 25, grew up identifying with his Dakota heritage, but also feeling like a bit of an outsider because he’s not an official member, even though his mother and sister are both enrolled at the Lower Sioux Reservation and he can document his Dakota family line back 150 years. 

After attending Cedar Mountain High School in Franklin, Minn., he went on to the University of Minnesota, Morris and earned an education degree, hoping to teach Minnesota history from a native perspective. Shortly after graduation, he landed a job as site manager and historic preservationist at the Lower Sioux Agency historic site near Morton, Minn., where I met him a few weeks ago.

Morse gave me a tour of the place where the first battle of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 took place and sat down with me to talk about small-town life, Dakota history, and how he hopes to someday be accepted as a member of the Lower Sioux Reservation.

For an introduction to this week’s series and my video about the Smokey Hill Singers, go here. To see Tuesday’s video about three Jingle Dress dancers from Bagley, Minn., go here. Wednesday’s piece about a Grass Dancer and hockey player from Callaway is here. And Thursday’s video about two Cass Lake friends can be viewed here.


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