To the editor:
Regarding the US-Dakota War of 1862:
"Other than the 9/11 terrorist attack, the war likely accounted for the intentional killing of more noncombatants than any other on U.S. soil." (The Free Press, Nov. 18, 2012).
Some 500 settlers, men, women and children, were slaughtered by the Dakota.
Who will speak for these?
Who will remember these?
A monument should be erected. Near the top should be inscribed the above quotation from the Mankato paper. Underneath should be listed as many names as can be ascertained of settler-noncombatants killed by the Dakota.
The best possible place for this is next to the scroll of the 38 (now in a Mankato park). Only when both races can mingle at this palce, in a spirit of atonment, only then can we speak of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Is anyone still interested in forgiveness?
Walter O. Jones