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Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111




  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and students w/ID
  • $9 active military personnel w/ID
  • $6 children 6-17
  • FREE for children age 5 and under and MNHS members


Mem. Day - Labor Day:
Tues - Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm

Sept - Oct:
Sat 10 am-5 pm

*Open on Memorial Day, July 4 & Labor Day
10 am-5 pm

Special event hours/fees may vary. Hours and fees subject to change.

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American Indian History

Archaeologists believe the first humans entered this region between 9,000 - 12,000 years ago, likely following herds of game animals. Approximately 1,000 years ago, people living in this area were using the waterways for transportation, food and to develop an extensive trade relationship with other native peoples—trade items from this and other regions have been found along the entire Mississippi River. By the 1600s there were two main groups of people living in present-day Minnesota, the Dakota and the Ojibwe. By the end of the 1600s Europeans had arrived in the region and began a long and complex relationship with American Indians which helped shape the world we live in today.

Traditionally, both the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples pass on their history through oral traditions - stories and remembrances passed on orally from generation to generation.  Combining these oral traditions with written records from the past help us understand how the Dakota and Ojibwe lived in this region during the early 1800s.

Click below to learn more about American Indian nations living in the Minnesota region during the early 1800s and U.S. government Indian Policy during this period.