GOP lawmakers in uproar after a military fort added a word in the interest of historical accuracy: It's 'revisionist history'

GOP lawmakers in uproar after a military fort added a word in the interest of historical accuracy: It's 'revisionist history'
Image via Screengrab.

The Fort Snelling historic site in Minnesota has a new sign that say “Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote” – and it has caused a drastic response from Republican lawmakers in the state.


The fort sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The Dakota people called it “Bdote.”

State Senator Scott Newman and other Republicans were outraged the Dakota word was included in a sign.

“Without any public input that I am aware of, the Historical Society has changed the name of historic Fort Snelling, which is a military installation, to historic Fort Snelling at Bdote,” he told 5 Eyewitness News.

“I do not agree with what the [Minnesota Historical Society] is engaged in doing, and I believe it to be revisionist history,” Newman said.

The Historical Society denies that it is diminishing military history. The organization says it wants to expand the stories they are telling about the fort.

GOP lawmakers are now pushing a bill to cut the Historical Society’s budget by $4 million a year, which could result in the closure of some popular sites.

“I guess I have a real problem when you’re calling it revisionist history,” said Democratic state Senator John Marty.

“That it might not just be more accurate history. But aside from that, I think the concept of punishing the entire agency because you have a disagreement with them is a problem.”

Or as Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins said: “The usual suspects have gotten their feelings hurt — again — because the Minnesota Historical Society has pointed out that Minnesota history didn’t begin with them.”

Watch video, courtesy of CBS Minnesota, below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.