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The Siege of New Ulm, Minn., by Henry August Schwabe. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g02995 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. CALL NUMBER: LOT 4392-E

If you live in Minnesota, likely you’re aware that we’re marking the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict. If you don’t live in Minnesota, you might not be aware of this somber chapter of our history. At the time, the Civil War was capturing the nation’s attention, and does to this day. While the fighting was going on between the North and the South, battles between Native Americans and settlers raged on the Minnesota prairie.

For highly informative and well-written chronologies of the conflict, see reports in The Mankato Free Press and Minneapolis StarTribune (e-book available).

Also, check out this book by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White called Mni Sota Makoce.

Ira Glass featured information on the conflict in Episode 479 on “This American Life.”