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Ox carting and Native American rebellion

In North Dakota History today, we finished our discussion on the ox cart trails and trade. We then turned our attention to nation building (or destroying, depending on your interpretation), which included the increasing presence of white settlers in Minnesota, specifically the Minnesota River Valley. This increasing presence led to the removal of Native Americans from the region. This removal precipitated the uprising in the 1860s of the Lakota (Sioux) against the United States, which forced the government to send troops to the region to quell the fighting. This allowed for a brief mention of Fort Abercrombie in extreme southeastern North Dakota. While pursuing the Santee Dakota, Gens. Sibley, Sully, and Pope failed to link up and Gen. Sully, along with Major House, who was under his (Sully’s) command discovered a Yankton and Yanktonai village. An over-zealous House, seeking glory and a chance to go and fight in the Civil War, attacked the village and massacred several hundred persons in what became known as the Battle of Whitestone Hill. This was the last major “battle” of the Indian Wars east of the Missouri River, and seemed to represent the beginning of a breakdown of relations with the Lakota, who had played by the rules, only to be treated horribly because of a mistaken identity.

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  1. May 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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