St. Paul follows Minneapolis in labeling U.S.-Dakota War as 'genocide'

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2013 - 6:53 AM

Sharp words, part of "Year of the Dakota" declaration, similar to Mpls. resolution last month.

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jaynedrakeJan. 9, 13 9:53 PM

In the thinking of some people in Minnesota and across the U.S., it doesn't matter if both sides committed atrocities; what matters is that atrocities against minorities are awful, and atrocities against whites are great!

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totaltruthJan. 9, 1310:25 PM

My great grandfather was killed by the Dakota Indians... and he was just an innocent farmer working in his field. But the cities of Minneapolis and St Paul do not consider this an atrocity. All of their definitions of atrocity seem to go in only one direction.

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dentesterJan. 9, 1310:36 PM

I irony of these words is that the biggest enemy of the Indian people, the reason they are in the straits they are in, is the white liberal.

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frommychairJan. 9, 1310:43 PM

The Minnesota History Center website www.minnesotahistorycenter.org has excellent teaching on the l862 Dakota War with interactive maps, videos and text. We must speak with the knowledge historical documents teach us. This tragedy could have been prevented if the agents fed the Dakota who were starving during that terrible winter. The corruption of traders who cheated the Dakota was despicable. The hanging to death in Mankato of 38 Dakota was despicable. I am glad 6th grade learns about this way with the new social studies standards. They were appalled at the unjust treatment of the Dakota and of course saddened by the tragic death of the white family killed by the Dakota that inflamed the war.

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noggnbloggnJan. 9, 1311:34 PM

B. as in B., S. as in S. Indian casino money is rewriting history to prey upon White guilt, the Whites too ignorant to understand the significance of the term 'massacre'. Race relations from the past being interpreted by the sensibilities of today, without context. The current generation deserves their own self-abuse, inflicting more harm through communal stupidity. Sooner or later, whatever really happened doesn't matter because everyone who lived it and understood it eventually dies. Historians write something 'official' (starting with journalists and politicians), then academics decide if it fits current political whimsy. Another generation brainwashed: ta-dah, just like magic.

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perronjpJan. 10, 13 4:03 AM

Re: "the Minneapolis City Council that pledged more dialogue on issues of "land, reparations and restitution." - Seems the same cities that cannot keep their streets clear of snow can afford to give land and money away. St. Paul and Mpls. were not responsible for the Dakota war, but can't help themselves when it comes to taking responsibility for it. This reminds me of the Grasshopper and the Ant, in that the Grasshopper prepared for winter and the Ant did not. The difference here is that the Government now wants to force the Grasshopper to prop up the ant that did/does not prepare for any negative that may occur in life, nothing is their fault. Genocide??? Would the Dakota have stopped killing white settlers (women and children included) if they had not been stopped with force?

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davehougJan. 10, 13 6:46 AM

So what would have been the hoped for outcome IF the war had gone as planned???? Didn't Little Crow want to drive the whites out of MN?

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PassOut76Jan. 10, 13 6:49 AM

It is a sad chapter in American history. It's over. This is not a function of city government. Fix the roads, provide local law enforcement, provide fire protection, provide safe drinking water... Do the things that city governments are supposed to do. Passing a resolution on genocide is NOT a city function. What a nonsensical thing for city councils to do. Do your job.

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