Minnesota Historical Society Statement Regarding Mankato Hanging Rope

Updated: April 26, 2024

The Minnesota Historical Society has been notified by two Dakota Tribal Nations that they wish to consult on the claim under NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) from the Prairie Island Indian Community requesting the repatriation of the item known as the Mankato Hanging Rope (3333.H474). 

It is with deep respect for Dakota Tribal Nation sovereignty that these discussions will be held. Furthermore, under NAGPRA, MNHS is required by law to hold consultations with Tribes who request to be part of the process. After consultation with Dakota Nations, MNHS will make a determination within the 90-day window provided by NAGPRA. This deadline is May 28, 2024. MNHS will follow all NAGPRA processes pertaining to the claim. 

We acknowledge that this is both a harmful and painful object that does not reflect the mission and values of MNHS today. MNHS is committed to following both the letter and the spirit of the NAGPRA regulations and to working with Indigenous communities as an institution that is a steward of many Native American collections and sacred sites.