Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

Sep 24, 2018

In The Moment ... September 24. 2018 Show 428 Hour 2

A new exhibit that brings the public closer to the Asylum than the grainy photos found on the internet opened this weekend.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum tells the story of the first and only asylum dedicated to Indians in the United States. Tragically, many of the 350 people housed at the asylum did not suffer mental illness and were incarcerated for arbitrary reasons such as resisting Indian Agents, embracing their own traditional lifestyles, or simply 'misbehaving.'

Rod Brown, manager of the Dakota Discovery Museum, joined In The Moment to share more about the new exhibit.