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Who will remember the settlers

February 16, 2013

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....

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Feb-19-13 1:22 PM

This is exactly what should be done...why should they NOT be remembered? Everyone deserves to have a marker that they were here! Their life mattered to someone, in some way. Our group of descendants of the survivors is trying to do that. But a real, hands on monument is not so out of the question. Place it in a place that has the most visibility so that people ask questions and want to know more...who were they? What happend to them? Where did their family go afterwards? This is what they have been crying out for for the last 150 years....let us finally hear them.

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Feb-16-13 6:52 PM

If there was a true interest in healing, this would be done tomorrow.

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Feb-16-13 11:05 AM

I also agree this monument is needed so the 650 are not forgotten.

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Feb-16-13 10:12 AM

I very much support his suggestion of a memorial honoring the 650 who were killed during the outbreak. This was exactly what Mary Schwandt Schmidt suggested to Marion Satterlee in early 1900's. Her words were: "to honor those first pioneers that are sleeping in unmarked graves for half a cenutry. At least they were all good and God-fearing people and well deserve a monument." Mary was taken hostage at age 14 and in her adulthood became an advocate for settler recognition. Mary's entire family was killed, with the exception of a younger brother, near the mouth of Beaver Creek in Middle Creek Township in Renville County. She was never able to get her monument dedicated despite many years of effort. Why don't we do this in her memory? Jan Klein, Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims

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