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A letter to TPT

January 2, 2014

To the editor: This is a copy of a letter sent Dec....

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Jan-06-14 10:09 AM

I don't believe anyone is disputing that the government was ultimately culpable for setting the stage for the war. To me, the violence waged on the settlers was significantly downplayed in this documentary. In using this one-sided approach it creates a false notion that makes the statements of violence against the Dakota taken out of context. It makes it seem as if 38 random Dakota men were rounded up and simply hung. No one is disputing the trials and executions, the forced march, the conditions at Fort Snelling, and ultimate banishment were absolutely horrible. Unless the whole story is told however none of us will be able to fully understand the "why" of what occurred and the "what" becomes clouded and makes moving forward by impossible.

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Jan-04-14 8:36 AM

The primary message of this documentary, is that whites and natives were the victims of immoral politicians. Whites and Dakota people were getting along. Ramsey and others worked to create the conflict to get rich on the blood of settlers. The treaty was in 1851. Bureau of Land Management Records for my property show the federal government gave our parcel of farm land to a choctaw man in 1812 for helping during the war. That would indicate the federal government had clearly planned to do with Native people. The price to be paid, Dakota AND Europeans was of know significance to them. The reality, that I must acknowledge is that I got the land. I still benefit from that to this day. I did not get poverty and continued oppression. Our women did not get sterilized without thier permission (until the 1970s) I could practice my religion (natives could not until 1978)The list of oppressive practices are extensive. This is a large part of the difference of how the conflict affected

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Jan-02-14 11:20 PM

What a great, well-written letter. Documentaries should always present the facts and let the viewer come to their own conclusion.

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Jan-02-14 6:52 PM

Way to go, Walt!

Best letter so far this year.

Hard to believe, but (sometimes) lefties get it totally wrong. TPT should scrub the whole project and burn all the copies...of everything.

What a PC hack job.

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Jan-02-14 4:12 PM

Thank you, Walt, for this powerful message. Even though TPT does these types of biased documentaries every generation, I held out hope that this one would be better, especially since they interviewed a lot of descendants of the settlers. It was such a great opportunity to educate Minnesotans about that tragic time in our history. Yet again they only told half of the story.

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Jan-02-14 3:39 PM

I had a chance to see the re-broadcast of it last night and I totally agree. If their aim was for an accurate documentary with an emphasis on reconciliation between the sides involved they failed miserably. It was quite one-sided.

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Jan-02-14 2:20 PM

What a great letter. Both sides should always be heard in a documentary.

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