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Minnesota's Dakota War of 1862

Written By: Alex Koeppel  |  Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

            150 years ago, a bloody conflict erupted in Minnesota that would change its history. The Dakota Indians, also known as the Sioux, rose up in war against the American government, and wreaked ruthless vengeance on local settlers. Hundreds of lives were lost in what became known as the Dakota War, or the Sioux Uprising.

            As settlers moved into Minnesota, the government made treaties with the Indians to divide the land. In exchange for ceding land, the Indians would receive about $3 million in cash and annuity payments over a fifty-year period. The Indians were dissatisfied because some of the annuity payments went to white traders on the reservations rather than to the tribes exclusively.

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