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Society & Culture  (tags: Dakota, indigenous, american indians, prison camp, abuse, 1862, society )

- 2259 days ago -
"We reached Mankato late that evening and the trial conviction and sentences are merely a matter of history. I can truthfully say the experienced photographed on my youthful mind can never be defaced by time."


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Süheyla C (234)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:58 pm
Thank you

Süheyla C (234)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:58 pm
Thank you

roxy H (350)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:29 pm

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:58 pm
Disgraceful mark on our history. Noted.

cynthia l (207)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:39 pm
so disgraceful I thought my heart would burst reading this description

P A (117)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 2:00 am
An awful, awful article to read. What a lasting shame upon us all.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 11:46 am
How horrific this was, and most certainly has left a stain on the country forever, never will it be removed.
Article noted and read and re-read.
I appreciate this post that has brought to me more awareness of terrible past.

Giana P (398)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:05 am
Pretty awful and disgraceful! What man will do to man!

Ro H (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:42 am

Juliana Saxberg (3)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:32 pm
Interesting read

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:45 pm

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:29 pm
I worked in the field of mental health for many years. One of the classes I took was a class on trauma. We were taught that trauma gets into the genes and passes down the generations.

I had learned that my great grandmother had been on the Cherokee trail of tears. I decided to experiment. A friend had sent me a recording of the song Amazing Grace which the Cherokee sang all the way. I began to play Amazing Grace sung by a Cherokee group. I had done no research, All I knew was that my great grandmother had been on that trail,

I closed my eyes and imagined myself on that trail of tears. The pictures began to come and it was horror! Young girls were raped along the way. If someone could go no further he was left to die along the road way. It was horror but the worst of all was the fact that the mothers could not protect their own children from the merciless attacks and rapes.

The song was over and I came back to present time,. I immediately began looking for what I could find on the internet about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I found a large detailed picture. It was EXACTLY the way I had seen it;;;;;;the wagons, the dogs, the horses, and much more. It was exactly what I had seen.

The worst of all was that the mothers could not protect their own children.

My grandmother could not protect her children.

My mother could not protect her children,

I could not protect my children.

My daughter could not protect her baby son
who died the day after birth.

Trauma passes down the generations.


Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:51 am
It is worth remembering that the government who did this is STILL "our government"--years, of course, separate us from this one incident, but the mind-set remains. It is beyond horrific that Indians, Blacks, any "group" you care to name is, and has been abused, torured, and then vilified as though THEY were the enemy! We could have had the brightest, most successful nation on the planet but "the powers that be" too often chose hate over love, ex-clusion over in-clusion. Our nation needs to change, and get in step with it's "commoners". "We the People" include ALL our people!

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:31 am
We were so proud of our melting pot in the past. If we could get a grip on who the real criminals are and get the white color folks who've ruined our economy behind bars, our pride may have a chance. The small crimes need to stop costing us the food and shelter for poor and homeless. The right wing should hide their heads in shame. Their constant tricks to quiet and belittle those who are not "them" gets creepier and more dangerous. Vote green or justice next time. These are our times. As an American with Native American heritage, I will never forget.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:32 am
Zee, I thank you.

Connie O (45)
Friday March 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
thank you for the interesting article.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:35 am
Thank you for the history lesson! There is always more to learn, and it is especially important when it is shameful so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, there are those who want to white wash it all.
Gratefully noted, posted, and tweeted.

Russell R (87)
Monday March 25, 2013, 3:14 pm
The push West was all about Greed, then and that same Greed is destroying the Land of "Two Nations!"
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