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Dakota War, Minnesota, 1862

Minnesota Historical Society: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

In the midst of the U.S. Civil War, the U.S.- Dakota War, a brief but violent conflict between white settlers and Dakota Native Americans, took place in Minnesota. This war centered on the failure of the U.S. government to make timely payments owed to the Dakota Nation in accordance to an 1858 treaty. The resulting war lasted six weeks and ended when Abraham Lincoln signed an order to execute 38...