Lower Sioux Agency
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2
Morton, MN 56270

Hours

Closed until May 26, 2017 except for special events.
 
Call 507-697-6321 for group tours.
 
Memorial Day Weekend-first weekend in October:
Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
Visitor Center closed second weekend in June for Wacipi.

 

Admission

  • $6 adults
  • $5 seniors and college students
  • $4 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members.

Contact

507-697-6321

2017 Apr 21

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History

The scene of the first attack of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, this site was a U.S. government administrative center for the Mdewakanton and Wahpekute Bands of Dakota. In the months leading up to the war, the U.S. government failed to pay annuity payments owed to the Dakota and refused to provide food and supplies. These actions contributed to the growing unrest that led to the war in the summer of 1862. As tensions mounted, a reluctant Taoyateduta (Little Crow) led an attack on the Lower Sioux Agency on August 18, 1862, killing 18 traders and government employees. The Dakota then attacked settlements along the Minnesota River Valley, killing white settlers and compelling thousands to flee in the first few days in a strategic effort to reclaim their homeland.

Resources for Further Investigation

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 website