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Sitting Bull to Phil Jackson, cattle to prairie dogs, knoefla to lefse.

In partnership with the Historical Society of North Dakota, and funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  • Today we continue our series on American Archives Month. In North Dakota, the state archives are part of the State Historical Society, and while the curator of the State Historical Society was initially the only permanent member of the staff, he did end up with more assistance as librarians were hired to aid with the collections.
  • Living your entire life in a town so small that it was practically a ghost town might bother some, but not Melvin Wisdahl. Born and raised in Corinth in northwestern North Dakota, Melvin still called the tiny town of 15 people home as of this date 1990.
  • Today we continue our series on October as American Archives Month.In North Dakota, the state archives are managed by the State Historical Society. In early 1907, the society received welcome funding and some office space in the Capitol for the collections. However, by December, the Bismarck Tribune reported that the archives already needed more room and more funds, saying: “The [Society] has a good start, but we are far behind our sister states, and much of historical value that ought to be in our possession has already gone to enrich the treasures of other states.”
  • On this date in 1915, Wahpeton residents were buzzing about the football game between rivals Wahpeton and Breckenridge. Cold temperatures and rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd attending the game. The main topic of conversation was what Wahpeton fans considered the poor sportsmanship of the Breckenridge team.
  • October is American Archives Month, where archives around the country celebrate the records in their holdings and recognize the archivists who assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to information of lasting value.
  • On this date in 1832, Dr. Meredith Martin started on his way back to St. Louis after vaccinating Indians along the Upper Missouri River. Secretary of War Lewis Cass had interpreted the Indian Vaccination Act of 1832 to mean that only Surgeons were allowed to vaccinate Indians. So, Lakota and Dakota Indians had been fortunate to have received the opportunity afforded by Dr. Martin's visit.
  • October is American Archives Month, where archives around the country celebrate the records in their holdings and celebrate the archivists who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information of lasting value. The North Dakota State Archives is part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
  • In October of 1928, a new student organization emerged at the University of North Dakota. It was announced in UND's student newspaper, the Dakota Student, which reported: “'Tribe of the Sioux' is to be a new rooting organization, composed of 100 men students who will be placed in a reserved section in the first five rows of section E. Memorial Stadium."
  • Wahpeton was in a tizzy on June 10, 1897 as the Ringling Brothers Circus train pulled into town. A crowd gathered to watch the unloading of the flashy white horses, the exotic animals, and the gaudy circus wagons. Children gathered, hoping to be chosen as temporary help, since the circus gave free tickets to boys who helped to hoist the big main tent.
  • October is American Archives Month, where archives around the country celebrate the records in their holdings and recognize the archivists who assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to information of lasting value. The North Dakota State Archives is part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.