Shakopee envisions a cultural corridor emphasizing shared history of Native people and early settlers.
Though Native people had been present in the area for millennia, Chief Sakpe II’s village was first observed by settlers in the 1820s. Drawn to the springs nearby, Europeans settled in the Dakota village called Tinta-otonwe. In the 1840s Rev. Samuel Pond arrived to do missionary work among the Dakota. He compiled the first dictionary of the Dakota language.