The Dakota War of 1862

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In a last ditch effort to reclaim lands lost to the relentless tide of white settlers, the Dakota Sioux, on August 18, 1862, struck savagely at settlers and settlements along the Minnesota River Valley, beginning a war that did not end  before Sand Creek, Little Big Horn, and Wounded Knee passed into the pages of history.  Hundreds died in surprise raids.  Others were captives for months in Indian camps, saved by Indians friendly to the whites.  In the end, the Sioux, friendly or not, were exiled to barren lands in South Dakota.  We’ll look at the conflict through the eyes of white captives and Dakota warriors, and the cameras of the day.

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