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Two men translate, publish Native American prisoner of war letters

Letters translated recently and now in "book form" because of the work of two local men; Dr. Clifford Canku, an enrolled Dakota member of the Sisseton Wahpeton tribe, and Michael Simon, both experts in the Dakota language have translated 50 letters of the 270 prisoner of war in Iowa following the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

Time to set another record straight!


At the end of the war in 1862, 1,700 Dakota --mostly women and children-- were marched 150 miles to an internment camp at Fort Snelling. Along the way they were attacked by white settlers. Hundreds died at the camp from disease and the harsh winter conditions. Those that survived were taken to a reservation in Crow Creek, S.D. the following spring. At left: Two Dakota women at the Dakota internment camp at Fort Snelling; photo by Joel Emmons Whitney. At right: the Dakota Internment Camp; photo by Benjamin Franklin Upton. (Images courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society)



Mankato, Minn. — The public execution of 38 Dakota Indians by federal authorities in Mankato, Minn., on Friday, December 26, 1862. Approximately 4,000 people came to witness the event. Copied from a sketch by W.H. Childs in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 24, 1863, page 285. (Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society)

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