Dakota Elders, Dayton Discuss Minnetonka Burial Mound Restoration Project

October 26, 2017 06:15 AM

On Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton met with a group of Dakota tribal elders to discuss the restoration project of Dakota Burial Mounds in Minnetonka.

That's where human remains were discovered during road construction along County Road 101 and Breezy Point Road in the fall of 2014.


MORE: Burial Site Protection - Minnesota Department of Administration, State Archeologist 

The state's Indian Affairs Council and Hennepin county are now working to restore the mounds. We're told Dakota elders and Dayton spoke about cultural plans for how the site will look in the future. 

Burial Mound Restoration

Hennepin County and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) are working on restoration of Native American burial mounds on the County Road 101 reconstruction project in Minnetonka.

Currently, the MIAC and a contractor for Hennepin County are doing further investigation of the site as well as restoration activities. Hamline University is recovering artifacts and disturbed remains, which will be restored in burial mounds.

Breezy Point intersection redesign

The roundabout has been eliminated and a new curve design has been finalized providing greater sight lines and adequate width for the safe passage of all vehicles through the County Road 101/Breezy Point intersection (see above image). 

- Information courtesy Hennepin County

Crews are hoping to complete the project within the next month.


Joe Mazan

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