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Next phase of interpretive planning and capital improvements on Oȟéyawahe

Indigenous planning process begins for Oȟéyawahe under Minnesota Historical Society grant Oheyawahe is a place of cultural importance for Dakota people and of historic importance for the State of Minnesota. Good ideas abound for ways to learn about Oȟéyawahe while … Continue reading

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Women’s Forest Congress Visits Oȟéyawahe/Pilot Knob

On Monday, Oct. 17, approximately forty members of the 2022 Women’s Forest Congress toured the Oȟéyawahe/Pilot Knob site. The event brought national and international visitors, including members from British Columbia and England. The Pilot Knob Preservation Association, Oheyawahe Task Force, Mendota … Continue reading

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Partners seek $1 million investment in Oȟéyawahe/ Pilot Knob

By Gail Lewellan Working with Pilot Knob Preservation Association (PKPA) and the Pilot Knob Task Force, the City of Mendota Heights has applied to the State of Minnesota for $1,027,000 in capital bonding funds to improve accessibility and care for … Continue reading

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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, … 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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