Born to lead, Part 2

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 8:39 PM

In the final years of traditional Dakota life in Minnesota, Little Crow's mother prepared him to lead his people in a time of wrenching change.

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wildbill987Aug. 12, 1210:57 PM

Excellent article!!!

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earneditAug. 13, 12 7:07 AM

A sad commentary on how dishonest the government treated natives.

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salemhillsAug. 13, 12 7:53 AM

As a Native American friend once said to me long ago, "When I hear whites complaining about immigrants moving in and 'taking over,' I think, 'Yeah, tell me about it.'"

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mnpapabearAug. 13, 1210:32 AM

This is a great article. Thank you for providing a thorough, well-researched, thoughtful and astute story about one of Minnesota's greatest heroes. I'm looking forward to more.

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fourthstreetAug. 13, 1210:33 AM

When you read historical facts of how the government misrepresented, lied, and defrauded the Indian leaders in the treaties they extorted them to sign, it is no wonder that the State of MN still attempts to recognize treaties signed in 1837 as a "we are sorry and, yes, we ripped you off", with the Indian gaming casinos as compensation. Herds of elk in Minnesota? Very sad that elk, buffalo, woodland caribou, moose, cougar, and other wildlife common to MN, have become or are virtually extinct and once flourished throughout much of our great State.

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starsailingAug. 13, 1211:37 AM

People seriously interested in documented history of the 1851 treaties signed at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota Mn should make these two articles a must. Old Travese des Sioux" by Thomas Hughes, assisted by Brig. Gen. W.C. Brown 1929, revised 1993. This was the treaty signed by the "See-See-Toan and Wah-Pay-toan Bands" Descibes also the Doty Dakota Treaty never enacted. The books decribes the complete event and speeches and includes the treaty and signers. The best resource for the second Treaty of 1851 signed at Mendota between the Mdewakanton and the Wahpehkute Dakota Indians is this court ordered study. "The Treaty of Mendota aug 5th, 1851 between the United States and the Medwakanton and Wahpehkute Dakota Indian Tribes." By Alan and Nancy Woolworth Jan 1982. Court of Claims Docket number 363. This article debunks myths about fraud and describes real shortcomings of U.S. Government actions. It also describes real causes of 1862 and debunks myths. Many people just blather on about hate on boths sides because they heard someone describe a story that arouses passions but are actually devoid of facts or have a few realities mixed in the story. After 26 years of study on the subject I find that facts dispel myths and with that dispels hatred. The facts is I have read hubdreds and hundreds of stories where the Dakota and U.S. Government, traders, and settlers got along quite well. The Dakota asked for trade as they wanted the same life improvements as other tribes. They wanted better weapons,clothes traps,camp utensils etc. Many like Cloudman of Bloomington Mn wanted a better way of feeding his people and chose farming at Lake Calhoun as did many other chiefs including Little Crow. Hundreds of stories where Dakota fed whites, sheltered whites, and vice versa. Trading food for food, for articles. Children of both races played together, they taught each other their languages, their religions, hunting , fishing, farming. Taking bread and pies one day and returning the next with deer meat, etc. Getting along was the NORM, not hate as these dark stories are being told. It is why so many whites were warned and protected and helped to escape. It is why so many Dakota men and women protected the white captives and were a blink of an eye away from total war between Friendlies and War Dakota standing face to face. Little Crow and his warriors wanted to round up the captives and kill them all before they themselves escaped. No braver a story can be found then those Dakota that defended the whites stood their ground. It was only a very small faction that wanted war, keep that in mind. Learn facts not rants of hatred to understand. You have a chance to move forward or backwards. You will gain more by moving forward.

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mrblueskyAug. 13, 1211:56 AM

I cant believe how we treated the native americans, what a shame. Some great comments above!

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deniluAug. 13, 1212:47 PM

Starting in 1492 a technologically advanced population met people still in the neolithic phase of technology. Land and resources are always in demand and thus the reality is that wars of conquest and domination were the long run realities in the western hemisphere. In Minnesota there are now 5 million people, where do you think all of the land came from to allow such a population? The first immigrants (native Americans) were simply under-utilizing the land here.

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lenny7Aug. 13, 12 1:42 PM

I think it would have provided greater service to the reader to also discuss the impact of the Sioux migration from the east on the Ojibwa, Cree, Cheyenne, and Kiowa tribes.

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richard1673Aug. 13, 12 1:58 PM

to denilu .... discribing these communities as neolithic is incorrect, to be neolithic they would be raising crops and domesticating animals. While there were tribes on this continent that did, the native communities in this state were hunters and gathers, or paleolithic. That required large landscapes to sustain themselves. hardly under-utlizing the land.

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