Joseph Renville, an explorer and fur trader whose mother was Dakota and father French, established a fur post at Lac qui Parle in 1826 and invited missionaries to the site. Founded in 1835, the Lac qui Parle Mission was one of the first churches and schools in Minnesota. It was at this location the first Dakota dictionary, grammar and gospel were completed. After Renville's death in 1846, Dakota opposition to the mission forced the missionaries out.
Resources for Further Investigation
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 website