According to On September 28, 1862, a commission of military officers, established by Henry Sibley, began unfairly trying Dakota men accused of participating in the war.
On December, 26, 38 Dakota prisoners were led to a scaffold specially constructed for their execution. An estimated 4,000 spectators crammed the streets of Mankato and surrounded the land. As the men took their assigned places on the scaffold, they sang a Dakota song as white muslin coverings were pulled over their faces. Drumbeats signalled the start of the execution. The men grasped each others’ hands. With a single blow from an ax, the rope that held the platform was cut. After dangling from the scaffold for a half hour, the men’s bodies were cut down and hauled to a shallow mass grave. Before morning, most of the bodies had been dug up and taken by physicians for use as medical cadavers.
Letter from Hdainyanka to Chief Wabasha written shortly before his execution:
"You have deceived me. You told me that if we followed the advice of General Sibley, and gave ourselves up to the whites, all would be well; no innocent man would be injured. I have not killed, wounded or injured a white man, or any white persons. I have not participated in the plunder of their property; and yet to-day I am set apart for execution, and must die in a few days, while men who are guilty will remain in prison. My wife is your daughter, my children are your grandchildren. I leave them all in your care and under your protection. Do not let them suffer; and when my children are grown up, let them know that their father died because he followed the advice of his chief, and without having the blood of a white man to answer for to the Great Spirit."
Source: Isaac V. D. Heard, History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863, NY: Harper & Bros., 1863
We can see structural racism almost everywhere
in this fallen world. Structural racism has given
birth to structural pride and entitlement. Many
Whites have been forced into a role of keeping
generational lies on the hush. This curse was
handed down from their forefathers.
Many are quick to remove themselves from the
uncomfortable conversations about our history.
They are quick to shut the conversations down
stating they are not guilty of the crimes that
were committed against Black people by their
forefathers. This may be true in one sense, but
if the whole truth be told, they have greatly
benefited from the crimes and the desperately
wicked deeds of their forefathers.
Your forefathers, held human beings as property.
They left a bloody trail of tears and lies as a
legacy. Their true legacy had a worldwide stench;
yet, they still attempted to call themselves devout
Yes, you are a product of privilege built by
slavery. Your slave-owning forefathers put
you in your privileged position by committing
some of the worst atrocities known to mankind.
When they gave their accounts of historical events,
they lied and attempted to make themselves appear
as heroes, and the lies were printed in the text books
and woven into the fabric of our society. That was
There is an old saying,
"If it doesn't come out in the wash...
it will come out in the rinse".
Now that the chickens have come home to roost,
the responsibility falls on us all to assist in
cleaning up the horrors, violent crimes, theft,
rape, sodomy, senseless murders, and
fatherless children the evil slave-holders
and promoters created and left behind.