Fargo: North Dakota State University will use GIS mapping for military terrain analysis of the multiple historical U.S.-Dakota battle sites across the U.S. state of North Dakota. The exercise is aimed at working with the landowners and tribes to begin a National Register of Historic Places nomination.
The University has received nearly $90,000 in grant money from the National Park Service to identify the boundaries of military actions. The project has been divided into two parts. The first one will focus on identifying boundaries of military actions in the 1863-64 U.S.-Dakota War. A GIS map will be developed to locate landscape features and terrain analysis for the fort and trail system. The second part of the project will identify specific battlefield resources and boundaries for the July 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain.