MEDIA ALERT: An Invitation to the American Indian Community

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 25, 2016
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148
Mary Small, marysmall8419@gmail.com, 612-226-8419

MEDIA ALERT: An Invitation to the American Indian Community

Your input is needed to explore a new name for Jeffers Petroglyphs

The Jeffers Petroglyphs are 5,000 sacred carvings made by American Indian ancestors thousands of years ago on a ridge in southwestern Minnesota. This ridge was a destination for many American Indians, including ancestors of the Dakota, Cheyenne, Ojibwe, Ioway, Omaha, Otoe, Ponca, Mandan, Arapaho, Crow and Hidatsa.

The current name of this historical site, “Jeffers Petroglyphs”, reflects the name of the family who once owned the land where the carvings are located. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), which is responsible for the site’s preservation, invites your input as it explores renaming this historic site.  If a new name is chosen, it will showcase the importance of this special place to all people, but especially American Indians, and it will better tell the story of the carvings and the people who made them.

Two free gatherings are being held to collect input on a new name. American Indian people are especially urged to attend; all people are welcome. The gatherings will be moderated by facilitator and consultant Everett Black Thunder, Oneida/Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

GATHERING 1:
1-4 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

GATHERING 2:
1-4 p.m. • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Road 2
Comfrey, MN 56019

Those who are unable to attend a gathering in person can provide feedback via email to rebecca.douden@mnhs.org or by calling 651-259-3130. Letters can also be sent to: Minnesota Historical Society, ATTN: Jeffers Name Input, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN 55101