National Trust Historic Preservation
For HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Mr. Thomas I. Dahlheimer
P.O. Box 24
Wahkon, MN 56386
Dear Mr. Dahleimer:
Thank you for your request for support in your efforts to change the geographic name of the
Rum River. The National Trust Historic Preservation is a national, non-profit organization that
has provided leadership, education and advocacy to save America's divers historic places and
revitalize our communities for over four decades.
We recognize the historic and cultural significance of the Wakan River to the peoples of Minnesota,
and we commend you in your research of its history, and your efforts to revitalize the Mdwakanton
Dakota Community by raising awareness of their heritage. However, the Trust is not qualified to
provide guidance in the stewardship of Natural Resources. Glen Yakel, Supervisor in Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, can be of more assistance to you in this
area, and I would encourage you to continue your work with his guidance.
I wish you the best of luck.
Note: The full name of the "Wakan River" is Mdo-te-Mi-ni-Wakan, transalated
mouth (of river) + water + sacred. (pronounced Bdoh+tay+mini+wakan)