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'Gathering of Descendants' of U.S.-Dakota War is Sept. 17

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- A "Gathering of Descendants" of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 event will be held Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgewater College cafeteria in Willmar, 2101 15th Ave. N.W.

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At the event, a panel of descendants of individuals and families who experienced the U.S.-Dakota War will speak about their ancestors' experiences and the war's aftermath, including the resulting impact upon their families.

The "Gathering of Descendants" panel includes:

- Cora Jones, a Santee Sioux descendant of Minnesota and tribal secretary of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.

- Sheldon Wolfchild, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton and a Dakota filmmaker and producer. His current documentary "Star Dreamer: Part 1, the Indian System and The Causes of the 1862 War in Minnesota." He is also the former Tribal Chairman of the Lower Sioux Indian Community at Morton.

- Jeff Williamson, a descendant of the Williamson, Pond and Hopkins families. His ancestors were Presbyterian missionaries who served as advocates for the Dakota Nation and served in ministerial roles for the various Dakota communities in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska.

- Terry Sveine, a descendant of a New Ulm settler who was an immigrant from Luxembourg.

- John LaBatte, a New Ulm resident who is a descendant of both sides - the Dakota Nation and Minnesota settlers.

- Fern Cloud, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Upper Sioux Community of Granite Falls.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a time for audience questions.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, a descendant of a Meeker County settler in 1862. Urdahl is co-chair with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of the Minnesota Civil War Task Force. He is a retired history teacher and a historical novel author, including several books on the U.S.-Dakota War era.

The public is invited to the event. Following the presentation, there will be a reception with coffee and cake served.

The "Gathering of Descendants" event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Ridgewater College of Willmar and Hutchinson and the West Central Tribune.

WILLMAR -- A "Gathering of Descendants" of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 event will be held Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgewater College cafeteria in Willmar, 2101 15th Ave. N.W.

At the event, a panel of descendants of individuals and families who experienced the U.S.-Dakota War will speak about their ancestors' experiences and the war's aftermath, including the resulting impact upon their families.

The "Gathering of Descendants" panel includes:

- Cora Jones, a Santee Sioux descendant of Minnesota and tribal secretary of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.

- Sheldon Wolfchild, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton and a Dakota author and filmmaker.

- Jeff Williamson, a descendant of the Williamson, Pond and Hopkins families. His ancestors were Presbyterian missionaries who served as advocates for the Dakota Nation and served in ministerial roles for the various Dakota communities in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska.

- Terry Sveine, a descendant of a New Ulm settler who was an immigrant from Luxembourg.

- John LaBatt, a New Ulm resident who is a descendant of both sides - the Dakota Nation and Minnesota settlers.

- Fern Cloud, a Dakota Nation descendant and a member of the Upper Sioux Community of Granite Falls.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a time for audience questions.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, a descendant of a Meeker County settler in 1862. Urdahl is co-chair with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of the Minnesota Civil War Task Force. He is a retired history teacher and a historical novel author, including several books on the U.S.-Dakota War era.

The public is invited to the event. Following the presentation, there will be a reception with coffee and cake served.

The "Gathering of Descendants" event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Ridgewater College of Willmar and Hutchinson and the West Central Tribune.

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