Sunday, August 05, 2007

Landmarks and History - Lac qui Parle Mission

Lac qui Parle Lake, MN

Overlooking the shores of Laq qui Parle Lake in western Minnesota, the Lac qui Parle Mission was built at the request of noted explorer, Joseph Renville. The missionaries attempted to convert the Native Americans to Christianity, in addition to introducing agriculture. After Renville’s death in 1846, the Dakota’s opposition to the mission grew, with the missionaries leaving Lac qui Parle in 1854. It was here that the Dakota alphabet was developed and the Bible was first translated into the Dakota language.

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