Our History

Field Regina Northrop (FRN) has a rich history. Thanks to Richard L. Kronick a brief historical highlight document has been produced.

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Mni Sota Makoce: The Dakota homeland

The area that became FRN was, from about the middle of the 18th century, part of the homeland of Dakota people. The name “Dakota” translates as “allies” or “the league” and implies strength through intra-tribal unity.[1] A 1720 report by a Frenchman stated that the Dakota believed “the first [man] and woman of their tribe came out of the earth, which brought them forth on the prairie below St. Anthony Falls.” More specifically, many Dakota believed, and still believe today, that “the mouth of the Minnesota River [at its confluence with the Mississippi] is precisely over the center of the earth, called Bdote, and that [the Dakota] occupy the gate that opens into the western world.”[2]

[1] Gary Clayton Anderson: Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1986), p. 10.

[2] Microfilm of the 1720 report is at the Minnesota Historical Society. The second quotation is from the missionary Steven R. Riggs: Dakota Grammar and Lexicon (Smithsonian Institution, 1852). Both are quoted by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White in Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 2012), p. 19. Read More