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Forum staff reports, Published July 13 2013

NDSU receives grants for battle site project

FARGO – North Dakota State University received nearly $90,000 in grant money from the National Park Service for GIS mapping and military terrain analysis at multiple U.S.-Dakota War battle sites across the state.

NDSU received more than $26,400 for a project that is designed to identify the boundaries of military actions in the 1863-64 U.S.-Dakota War. A GIS map locating all landscape defining features, as well as a military terrain analysis, will be conducted for the fort and trail system to raise awareness of the importance and preservation of those battlefield sites.

The school received another $62,761 for a project in the Killdeer Mountains.

The project will identify specific battlefield resources and boundaries for the July 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain, which pitted Brig. Gen. Alfred Sully’s expedition against the Sioux during the U.S.-Dakota Wars.

Through military terrain analysis, research design, and interviews, the university will work with landowners and tribes to begin a National Register of Historic Places nomination.

The grants are among more than $1.1 million the National Park Service doled out to 24 projects that support at 38 battlefields in 15 states.