A soldier walks outside The Army Reserve Center at Fort Snelling Friday, May 13, 2005, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter) ((AP Photo/Janet Hostetter))

GOP lawmakers outraged after a military fort added a word in the interest of historical accuracy

The Fort Snelling historic site has a new sign - and it caused a drastic response from Republican lawmakers



Raw Story
April 28, 2019 4:30PM (UTC)

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The Fort Snelling historic site in Minnesota has a new sign that say “Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote” – and it has caused a drastic response from Republican lawmakers in the state.

The fort sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The Dakota people called it “Bdote.”

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State Senator Scott Newman and other Republicans were outraged the Dakota word was included in a sign.

“Without any public input that I am aware of, the Historical Society has changed the name of historic Fort Snelling, which is a military installation, to historic Fort Snelling at Bdote,” he told 5 Eyewitness News.

“I do not agree with what the [Minnesota Historical Society] is engaged in doing, and I believe it to be revisionist history,” Newman said.

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The Historical Society denies that it is diminishing military history. The organization says it wants to expand the stories they are telling about the fort.

GOP lawmakers are now pushing a bill to cut the Historical Society’s budget by $4 million a year, which could result in the closure of some popular sites.

“I guess I have a real problem when you’re calling it revisionist history,” said Democratic state Senator John Marty.

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“That it might not just be more accurate history. But aside from that, I think the concept of punishing the entire agency because you have a disagreement with them is a problem.”

Or as Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins said: “The usual suspects have gotten their feelings hurt — again — because the Minnesota Historical Society has pointed out that Minnesota history didn’t begin with them.”

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