Treaty of Traverse des Sioux

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux

The painting of the treaty signing that hangs in the Governor's Reception Room of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux

Painting by Frank B. Mayer, a witness to the negotiations and signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. Painted in 1885.

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux

The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux of 1851 is an agreement between the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Dakota and the U.S. government. It transferred ownership of much of southern and western Minnesota from the Dakota to the United States. The treaty is significant in Minnesota's history because, along with similar treaties signed that same year, it opened twenty-four million acres of land to immigration. For the Dakota, these treaties marked another step in the process that saw them increasingly marginalized in and dismissed from land that was their home.

Chinese Bazaar at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis.

Chinese Bazaar at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis.

Chinese Bazaar at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, c.1935. Chinese Minnesotans like Woo Yee Sing and his wife Liang May Seen were prominently involved with Westminster's Chinese outreach programs.

Yee Sing Woo standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis

Yee Sing Woo standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis

Yee Sing Woo, husband of Liang May Seen, standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis, c.1895.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait. Photograph by George M. Dempsie, c.1893.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

r. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. 1893.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard. Photograph by George M. Dempsie, c.1910.

Liang May Seen (c.1871–1946)

Liang May Seen was the first woman of Chinese descent to live in Minnesota. After escaping from a brothel in San Francisco, Liang learned English, married, and moved to Minneapolis, where she was a leader in the Chinese immigrant community until her death in 1946.

John Keller’s Room, 1905

Photograph of John Keller’s room by St. Paul Dispatch photographer, published on April 13, 1905. This is where William Williams shot and killed Keller and his mother on April 12. Image reproduced from microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society with permission from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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