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Letter: Granite Falls resolution causes concern

I represent Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims, a group that advocates for those 1862 settlers who no longer have a voice.

This letter is in response to the story about the city of Granite Falls resolution in the Aug. 8 edition of the West Central Tribune.

We have concerns about the proclamations such as this, as the trigger words used in the proclamation, “concentration camp, genocide, forced marches, bounties, suppression and forcible removals” do nothing but stir up old wounds. The Dakota were not the only group to be hurt by this conflict. Many, many settler families were decimated as their widows and children also had to move on with their lives, sometimes leaving their land as well.

The friendly Indians and mixed-bloods who saved the lives of whites by providing shelter and giving warnings have now been labeled by some as traitors, but they should also be recognized. And what about the soldiers who lost their lives in their fight to bring peace back to the Minnesota Valley?

Why not simply proclaim a ‘Year of Remembrance’ or a ‘Year of Forgiving’ that would encompass all groups that were impacted by this sad event?

If we as a state are going to move on and “forgive everyone everything”, a mantra used in a Mankato dedication, then these types of proclamations serve no purpose. Those cities who do this would better serve their public by honoring all victims who were impacted by this tragedy.

Jan Klein, co-founder, Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims