Ask the Marshall
- Written by TWMag
- Published November 14, 2012
What was the 1862 Dakota War?
It was a tragic conflict of cultures, with two different ways of life trying to occupy the same land.
The Santee Sioux, weakened by generations of warfare with the Chippewa, made a treaty and ended up selling their hunting grounds while retaining a small reservation.
These were tough times for the Santee. Efforts by the government to turn them into farmers produced frustration among them. Unscrupulous traders kept them debauched. Still they resisted resorting to violence—even when the advent of the Civil War gave them an opening with the removal of federal troops from Minnesota.
On August 17, 1862, some Santee youths dared...
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