Sacred Dakota Ancestral Homeland At Mille Lacs Lake
by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer
On October 6, 2012, Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN), the world's largest
Indian news source, published an article titled
Great Sioux Nation Comes Together in Historic
Gesture of Unity in the Name of Sacred Pe'Sla. ICTMN also approved and posted
a comment of mine in response to the article. In my comment I present a link to a web site
page of mine. My comment is the article's first comment. The comment is presented below. Or you can go directly to my ICTMN comment by clicking
I am an indigenous peoples' rights activist. I work closely with Leonard Wabasha,
a hereditary chief of the Mdewakanton Dakota people. I have been working for
many years to help the Sioux or Dakota regain their sacred Mille Lacs ancestral
homeland and independent sovereign nation status and rights.
In the Mille Lacs Messenger, Mille Lacs County's official newspaper,
several letters of mine about this campaign of mine have been
One prominent Dakota creation story says Mille Lacs Lake is the
birth place of the Great Sioux Nation.
On the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's web site there is a
comprehensive history paper that can be downloaded on the
history of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
In this paper there is the statement: By the seventeenth
century, when the first contacts with French explorers
occurred, the Sioux or Dakota were established around Mille
Lacs Lake, north of what is now Minneapolis, where
they had been for a long time.
In 1656, the Dakotas were living near Mille Lacs, in
five villages numbering about 5,000 people. It is
possible that the Tetons and Yanktons had at this
point already begun migrating west, although Hennepin
found them above the Falls of St. Anthony on the
Mississippi River in 1680. In 1701, they were at
Lake Traverse. The Yankton and Yantonai left Mille
Lacs at about this time.
I [Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer] support the Great Sioux
Nation's renewed unity and hunt for sacred lands.