A Dakota War story you should know

  • Article by: COREY HICKNER-JOHNSON
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 7:06 PM

Sarah Wakefield was taken captive on her way to refuge. The complexity of her experience was not taken into account.

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fasAug. 16, 12 2:05 AM

However it is rationalized, the fact remains. The entire country, everything, everything was stolen from the native population. All of the so called wealth created rightfully belongs to those natives.

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rholljAug. 16, 12 2:33 AM

Well written story, but I disagree that this story has not been portrayed in the Strib series. The complex, varying relationships between the Dakota and the settlers is, to me, one of the main themes of Brown's writing. As with most wars, there is a lot of gray areas and Brown expresses it well. Very well done series.

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davehougAug. 16, 12 2:55 AM

I ask today's Dakota: What would have been a fair resolution after the war? I can see where Whites caused the war and Dakota people started the war. But it was lost and so what SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED afterward. sincerely wondering davehoug@comcast.net

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thehoffersAug. 16, 12 3:09 AM

Yet the facts remain, and the truth is portrayed in whatever version fits the whim of it's writer.

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scubadoo68Aug. 16, 1211:19 AM

What SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED is that the US would have upheld the legal system and honored the treaties and contracts made with them. Also, prosecuting those who illegally stole from them.

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davehougAug. 16, 1212:11 PM

scubadoo68: I agree all would be better off if whites had honored their treaties. However, my question is what should have happened after the war was lost???

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cvalcitAug. 16, 12 1:21 PM

150 years ago Sarah was taken captive by hostile people and was under threat of death and rape for 6 weeks. I would suggest she would be a very good candidate for Stockholm Syndrome. I have no doubt she was a strong woman and worked hard to survive, but the stress she endured would have been horrible. It was a tragic situation for her and many people.

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pdxtranAug. 16, 12 7:23 PM

cvalcit: Stockholm syndrome? Maybe she learned to view the Dakota as individual human beings, with mixtures of faults and virtues, as opposed to the sentiment prevailing in her day, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Maybe she heard the Dakota's side of the story and came to understand why they were angry.

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cman22Aug. 16, 12 9:35 PM

Perhaps the author needs to reread some maps. There places named Chaska, Shakopee, Kandiyohi County (where Sibley State park is located), Dakota County, Wabasha, and there is even a place called Minnesota. All Dakota names.

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goldmundAug. 16, 1211:09 PM

What should have happened, you ask? How about the same compassionate treatment that was doled out to white southerners who took up arms against the United States and caused the deaths of over 600,000 people? At the end of the civil war- which the south LOST- no one was punished, no one went on trial, no one was sent to prison, no one was executed, no one was rounded up and banished to pitiful reserves far from their native homeland. White southerners were even allowed to keep their guns and their property, which was purchased with the blood of millions of slaves, forced to work against their will and never paid anything for a lifetime of service, brutalized at the hands of their white masters. If you take the time to read US history you will learn that it reeks with injustice and racism is at its core, right up to the present day.

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