“We know these sites exist and are part of a larger network of effigy mounds throughout the river valley system and represent our ancient cosmological origin stories.”

A Dakota science educator speaks of the cultural context of the Afton Rattlesnake Mound Email from James Rock to Corey Mathisen, MPCA, September 2, 2016 I realize that today is now the day after your “deadline” but let’s remember that … Continue reading

“Can we run a sewer line through Ft. Snelling or Arlington Cemeteries?” A Dakota voice on the Afton Effigy Mound

Kenneth Siyaka, Sisseton-Wahpeton/ Mdewakanton Dakota, USAF retired, wrote the following email on August 30, 2016 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: My opinion is that the sewer lines should NOT go through the Native American effigy mound. State: we want … Continue reading

“We have the same concerns as the other tribes have, which is, construction of any kind will have an adverse effect on what is obviously a cultural site.”

Spirit Lake and Crow Creek Tribal Historic Preservation Officers object to Afton Wastewater Treatment project In email messages transmitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on September 1, 2016, by Tamara St.  John, the widely respected Tribal Historian for the … Continue reading

“Until evidence has been presented to rebut the existence of human remains on the site of the Rattlesnake Effigy Mound, the project cannot move forward…”

A representative of the Ho-Chunk Nation calls for a halt to all construction efforts on the Afton wastewater treatment project Letter from Robert V. TwoBears, Ho-Chunk Nation District 5 Representative, Black River Falls, WI, August 31, 2016, to MPCA On … Continue reading

“Minnesota was once home to the Cheyenne people, and we still hold our ancestral lands in high regard.”

The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe concludes that the Afton Wastewater and Treatment Facility will have an adverse effect on the Rattlesnake Effigy Mound including “the possibility of further desecration” Letter from Teanna Limpy, THPO, Northern … Continue reading

“…the entire area as a whole is part of the cultural teachings including oral history [which] identify more than just the mound itself to be of importance to the Dakota and Oceti Sakowin”

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate does not concur in the MPCA finding on the desecration of the Afton Rattlesnake Mound Letter from Dianne Desrosiers, SWO THPO, Agency Village, SD, to Corey Mathisen, Senior Engineer, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Re: Afton Wastewater … Continue reading

“To say that the wastewater project will actually help the Rattlesnake Mound Effigy Group does not make sense.”

Overwhelming Tribal Rejection of MPCA’s “No Adverse Effect” Finding on the Afton Effigy Mounds…All Four Federally Recognized Dakota Nations in Minnesota Unite to Voice their Objections to the Wastewater Treatment Facility The recently complete comment period for “consulting parties” in … Continue reading