"Ohéyawahe (Pilot Knob): A Teacher Guide and Supplementary Lessons for Learning about Mnísota’s First People" was created by Priscilla Buffalohead, Ethan Neerdaels, and Ramona Kitto Stately in partnership with Osseo Area Schools and the Minnesota Humanities Center in 2019.
In 2017 Ohéyawahe/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, earning its Dakota name “Ohéyawahe,” meaning “a sacred place much visited; the place where people go for burials.” It continues to be a Dakota ceremonial site and a place where people can learn about history and culture that predates Minnesota statehood. The view from Ohéyawahe/Pilot Knob was frequently referenced in early explorers’ and settlers’ writings including Lt. Zebulon Pike in 1805. The Treaty of 1851 was signed here, ceding 35 million acres of land to the United States.
This curriculum guide includes lessons for elementary, middle, and high school, and is aligned to Minnesota's Social Studies Standards.