Category Archives: truth-telling

Where Are We Going? A Reflection on the “Genocide” Resolutions

“Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get,” said the Cat. “I really don’t care where,” replied Alice. “Then it doesn’t much matter which way … Continue reading

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Whitewashing History, Part 2

Gluttony by Robert Kingsly, 2009 “Then he berated me and my children something terribly. But I was totally silent, and when he was done I said to him what my kids have done. It is not my fault, I have … Continue reading

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Whitewashing History, Part I

“Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence” by Norman Rockwell (detail) So: What is wrong with Justina Kriegher’s stories? Not much, if we take them as they are: as stories. Quite a bit if we take them as we have: as history. … Continue reading

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History Is a Fun House Mirror

Before I began writing history, I loved reading it: the feeling that a good history book was a window I could look through to see the past. But actually doing history is more like looking into a fun house mirror: … Continue reading

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Hot Water, Part 2

“They were coming to the end of the town and they thought they were out of trouble. Then there was a big building at the end of the street. Someone threw hot, scalding water on them. The children were all … Continue reading

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Hot Water

Henderson, Minnesota Few stories tell us as much about the mindset of Minnesotans in the wake of the 1862 war. Or how little we know today about who we were then. Dakota people told us first. It took years of … Continue reading

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A Scheme for Revenge

“The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah! Kill every Indian, papoose and squaw; The Indians must be slain or driven to the plain And silence the war whoop forever.” — rendition of “The Battle Cry of Freedom” attributed to soldiers in Minnesota, … Continue reading

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Soldiers “Trysting” in the Dakota Camp

“…I did not drill to day was sick –feel better to night –nothing of importance –another bans read on dress parade that there should be  no more Trysting with the Squaws it made the boys a little mad as there … Continue reading

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Indian Hating

Wilhelmina Buce Carrigan (1855-1912)  Minnie Buce Carrigan was seven years old in August 1862, when she witnessed the deaths of her mother, her father, and four younger siblings at the hands of Dakota warriors at her home on Middle Creek … Continue reading

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The 2012 Dakota Commemorative March Series

I imagined 2012 Dakota Commemorative March, at least part of it, might be my first. A short answer from my doctor this week,”No way,” ended that hope. But I will be there in spirit, supporting those who will be marching … Continue reading

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