Smithsonian Publishes "Grammar and Dictionary of the Dakota Language"

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Reverend Stephen R. Riggs' "Grammar and Dictionary of the Dakota Language" is published as volume 4 of the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The publication is jointly sponsored by the Historical Society of Minnesota, the American Board of Missions, and the Smithsonian. The vocabulary in this volume was collected by Riggs and his fellow missionaries over the course of eighteen years. First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry considers the study of Indian languages as key to understanding the origins and history of North American natives.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Riggs, Stephen Return 1812-1883
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions


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  • Image of title page can be found in Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, volume 4, 1852.
  • This publication can be found at
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Volume 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1852.

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May 15, 1852


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