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UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY

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On Thursday, the Renville County Historical Society held a presentation on the Battle of Birch Coulee, which took place on Sept. 2 and 3, 1862. It was the bloodiest battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, claiming the lives of nearly 20 U.S. soldiers and at least two Dakota warriors. Many more were injured on both sides.
More photos from Birch Coulee Battlefield Historical Site
The U.S.-Dakota War broke out at the Lower Sioux Agency on Aug. 18, 1862, just over 160 years ago. By the end of the conflict, hundreds of Dakota, mixed-race persons and white settlers would lose their lives. Today, the staff at the historical agency site are working to tell the stories about those several months while also helping visitors to understand their own part in the ongoing narrative.
Christopher Allen Lee, 53, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm involving a domestic incident. He was relieved of duties as chief for the Upper Sioux Police Department following his arrest.
The Upper Sioux Community held a traditional powwow Friday, Aug. 5, at the Wacipi grounds southeast of Granite Falls.
The documentary "Bring Her Home" helps bring awareness to the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Leya Hale hosted a screening of her documentary at Pioneer Public TV in Granite Falls in early May.

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Autumn Cavender Wilson began her art journey as an expectant mother focused on her heritage and tradition. Trained in traditional Dakota quillwork, she is now creating exploratory art she calls generative quillwork.
Christopher Allen Lee, 53, of Clarkfield, is accused of discharging his service weapon into a door in his home in Clarkfield as his roommate pushed against it to prevent his entry. Lee was relieved of his duties as police chief for the Upper Sioux Community the day of the incident.
Teresa Peterson and Walter "Super" LaBatte of the Upper Sioux Community offer a treasure of Dakota stories passed down from the generations, as well as their own, in their book, "Voices From Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers."

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