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Fern Cloud was one of six panelists who spoke Sept. 17 at Ridgewater College during a "Gathering of Descendants" event. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Descendants of Minnesota's 1862 war say the truth needs to be taught


WILLMAR -- The stories that Fern Cloud learned from her school's history books about the war of 1862 that led to the forced exile of Dakota Indian families from Minnesota were different than the oral stories passed down by her family.

As the great-great-granddaughter of Chief Little Crow, who led the Dakota during that tumultuous time, Cloud had access to many stories but they didn't quite match those taught in her South Dakota school.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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