Bender, Charles Albert (1884–1954)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame credits Charles Albert Bender with inventing the slider, a curveball with extra speed. Like his patented pitch, Bender's life course was a circuitous one, beginning on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Frances Densmore with Susan Windgrow

Frances Densmore with Susan Windgrow

Red Wing ethnologist Frances Densmore examines a moccasin made by her Dakota friend Susan Windgrow (Good Bear Woman), c.1930. Densmore also preserved a nationally important collection of American Indian songs by recording them on wax cylinders, beginning in 1906.

Ojibwe Indians standing by bull rush wigwam

Ojibwe Indians standing by bull rush wigwam

Ojibwe people standing by a bull rush wigwam, c.1910.

Hiawatha and Minnehaha, by Jacob Fjelde

Jacob Fjelde's sculpture Hiawatha and Minnehaha has stood in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis since the early twentieth century. Now a popular fixture of the park, its placement there was originally controversial.

Eastman, Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa), (1858–1939)

Famed author and lecturer Charles Eastman was raised in a traditional Dakota manner until age fifteen, when he entered Euro-American culture at his father's request. He spent the rest of his life moving between American Indian and white American worlds, achieving renown but never financial security.

Pipestone Indian Training School Baseball Team

Pipestone Indian Training School—a boarding school in Pipestone, Minnesota, for Dakota and Ojibwe boys and girls—fielded popular and often successful student baseball teams from 1893 until the 1920s.

Sawmills, Red Lake Indian Reservation

Since the first sawmill was built near Red Lake in 1856, the harvesting and processing of timber has been a significant part of the local economy. It has provided an enduring source of income for the Ojibwe living in the area that is now the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, Minnehaha Park

Statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, Minnehaha Park

Hiawatha and Minnehaha statue, Minnehaha Park, c.1960.

Hiawatha statue, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Hiawatha statue, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Postcard of the Hiawatha and Minnehaha statue, Minnehaha Park, 1943.

Hiawatha statue and tablet, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Hiawatha statue and tablet, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Hiawatha and Minnehaha statue, Minnehaha Park, 1936. Photographer: A.F. Raymond.

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