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Chippewa County, Minn., takes a look back at Conflict

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BIG BEND -- As a bloody conflict raged for six weeks, one group of Dakota risked their lives to protect more than 200 captive white settlers, mainly women and children.

At the end of hostilities, the protectors became the captives, eventually marched and confined to a high- walled enclosure at Fort Snelling. A measles epidemic took the lives of many, and all were eventually exiled from Minnesota. Congress banned the Dakota from ever returning to the state.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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