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February 12, 2013

To the editor: In response to Jason Mack’s letter: Re: the use of “w....

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Feb-12-13 12:50 AM

You can speak for me anytime Matt!!

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Feb-12-13 8:38 AM

Better written than your first letter. However, some of the authors facts in the book are inaccurate. I recall he has a couple places wrong in his book. Many of his historical reviews are from data written by Euro Americans- missing much of Native history(surprise). His book does not pass the test from those who passed down the oral history. And Matt, you are a veterinarian in Owatonna - why are you writing the Journal?

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Feb-12-13 11:44 AM

I personally want to thank the Journal for giving a podium for the events of 1862. Your newspaper leads the way in our state in this area. In most cases, writers present civil discourse about their feelings of this tragic event in Minnesota’s history. You are to be congratulated for letting these opinions be heard. We all come to learning about our history with different experiences, knowledge and thus perspectives. Without room at the table for all to listen and learn about all the complexity, we cannot reach objective truth about that collective history. Jan Klein, Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims

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Feb-12-13 6:23 PM

Another very good letter Matt, and I even understood what you meant by we the first time. I also strongly agree that the written history is closer to facts than the oral histories that can change from generation to generation. Kind of like in first grade, the teacher had one child tell another child a sentence in a circle, and when it got back to the first child, the sentence was not even close to what it had started as.

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