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Learning about Mnísota’s First People: a new teacher’s guide to Oȟéyawahe

Working together, the Minnesota Humanities Center and Osseo Area Schools American Indian Program have created a guide for teachers based upon Oheyawahe/Pilot Knob in Mendota Heights. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, this site is rich … Continue reading

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What Is Your Vision for Oȟéyawahe/ Historic Pilot Knob?

Historic Pilot Knob is the portion of Oheyawahe that is owned by the City of Mendota Heights and where trails are open to the public. Great River Greening is the contractor the city has hired to restore Historic Pilot Knob’s … Continue reading


Bird Life on the Avian Superhighway

By Leslie Pilgrim Historic Pilot Knob: Perfectly Perched in the Fast Lane Historic Pilot Knob is located within one of the world’s amazing bird migratory routes: The Mississippi Flyway. Every year, over 325 bird species migrate via the flyway from … Continue reading

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Oȟéyawahe/ Pilot Knob Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places

On March 14, 2017, Pilot Knob was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official federal registry of historically significant sites worthy of preservation. For centuries, Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob has been a sacred indigenous burial ground and gathering place, earning … Continue reading

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Oȟéyawahe: A new spelling for an old name

By Dawi Cofer The natural feature known to Americans as Pilot Knob has a long history as a mystical site, highly regarded by numerous nations of indigenous people. It was known to the Hochunk, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Meswaki, as well … Continue reading

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Mendota Heights receives $75,000 grant for removal of overhead power lines on Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob

National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express announced on November 10, 2011, that Historic Pilot Knob will receive a Partners in Preservation grant for $75,000 to help restore the natural landscape of the hill. The money will be used … Continue reading

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Pocket Guide to Oheywahi/Pilot Knob Has Been Published

The Pilot Knob Preservation Association’s new Pocket Guide to Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob has been published and an interactive, digital version is available on this website. Work and expenses for the pocket guide were supported by a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage … Continue reading

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse leads pipe ceremony

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, led a pipe ceremony on Pilot Knob on October 3, 2009. Chief Lookinghorse has spent his life working for religious freedom, protection of sacred sites, and cultural … Continue reading

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A Message from Gail Lewellan and Linda Brown, Co-Chairs of PKPA, October 2009

Dear Friend of Pilot Knob/Oheyawahi, We are filled with wonder at the accomplishments since the Pilot Knob Preservation Association was formed six years ago: –a proposal for building 157 townhomes on the hill was defeated; –the 25 acre development site … Continue reading

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