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Some facts on the US-Dakota War

February 9, 2013

To the editor: I would like to correct a few statements in Mr. Mack’s letter to the editor in The Journal on Feb. 6: D....

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Feb-11-13 5:40 PM

I believe Mr. LaBatte has done his research! Thank You!

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Feb-09-13 10:02 PM

Thank you, Mr. LaBatte, timely and concise information. The truth, at times ugly, is out there.

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Feb-09-13 9:35 PM

I fully support the comments posted by Mr. LaBatte as they are factual and true. When I reviewed his blog where he examines fact from fiction and if fair or unbalanced stories are told in 1862 war and Dakota treaty exibits, once again I find his statements fact based and correct. How does this happen that incorrect stories are told? I see an organized circle of people making a profit and promoting their agendas based upon hate all government, past settlers and their present descendents, and all whites. They grab media attention as they keep themselves visible. A main theme promoted is loss of Dakota cultural heritage. When you examine their statements and the exhibit statements like Mr. Labatte does, you see who is really committing Dakota history genocide. The telling of this 1862 war should be told factually and exibits should be balanced. Agenda based presentations do NOT preserve Dakota Indian history or that of the settlers, or of the government. If allowed, history is lost.

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Feb-09-13 11:32 AM

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Feb-09-13 11:02 AM

John's letter nails it. We need to hear these facts if there is to be truth-telling about the war. Here is an article I found written about my ancestors deaths in Milford: Bryant, Charles S. A History of the Great Massacre by the Sioux Indians, in Minnesota, P. 139-40: “Murder of the Heyers Family: “Six miles from New Ulm there lived, on the Cottonwood River, in the County of Brown, a German family consisting of the father, mother and two sons, both young men. A burial party that went out from New Ulm on Friday, the 22nd, found them all murdered and buried them where they were killed. They were probably killed Monday or Tuesday, as decomposition was far advanced when they were found. The poor woman had most horribly and shockingly outraged and mutilated by the infernal devils, who, not content with the violation of her person and the taking of her life, superadded an act of fiendishness of a most dreadful but nameless character.” Imagine reading that story 150 year years later.

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Feb-09-13 4:52 AM

Very good information.

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