Fort Totten State Historic Site
P.O. Box 224
Fort Totten ND 58335
Fort Totten served American Indian policy from 1867 to 1959. Constructed
as a military post, it became an Indian boarding school, Indian health
care facility, and a reservation school.
Initially, the fort policed the surrounding reservation. The soldiers
enforced the peace, guarded overland transportation routes, and aided
Dakota (Sioux) who lived near Devils Lake after 1867. Fort Totten was
decommissioned in 1890.
On January 5th, 1891 the former post became the property of the Bureau
of Indian Affairs. The post served as an Indian boarding school until
1959. Academic and vocational training prepared Indian youth for life
off the reservation. Enrollment sometimes topped 400. After independent
tribal government was established, a community school operated in the
buildings from 1940 to 1959.
Visitors center and buildings open from May 16th through September 15th,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST). Adjacent parking, seventeen original buildings,
interpretive center, Pioneer Daughters' Museum, modern facilities, limited
ADA accessibility. There is an admission fee.
School Groups: $1.00 per student
Bus Tours: $40.00 per group
Open: May 16 - September 15, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (September 16 - May
15, weekdays by appointment).
For information on lodging and events please visit Totten Trail Inn
and the State Historical Society's Program Schedule.
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