Updated on July 16, 2017


I dedicate this blog to my Dakota and White ancestors whose history should be as accurate, as balanced and as respectful as possible.

About me

My grandfather’s parents, grandparents and at least 3 of his great-grandparents were involved on all sides of the Dakota War in 1862. It isn’t possible to count all of his Dakota and White uncles, aunts and cousins who were also involved.

  • Some were traditional Dakota
  • Some were Farmer and Christian Dakota
  • Some were mixed-bloods living among the Dakota and among the Whites
  • Two grandfathers (1 white and 1 mixed-blood) were killed by hostile Dakota on the first day of the war
  • At least one fought against the Whites
  • Others opposed war with the Whites
  • Some were taken captive by the hostile Dakota
  • Two were sentenced to hang in Mankato and were saved by President Lincoln
  • At least one was a scout for the US army after the Dakota War

I can find their tracks at:

  • Lower Sioux Agency
  • Upper Sioux Agency
  • Battle of Redwood Ferry – Both sides
  • Battle of New Ulm
  • Battle of Fort Ridgely – Both sides
  • Battle of Birch Coulee
  • Battle of Wood Lake
  • Camp Release – All sides
  • Mankato prison camp
  • Fort Snelling internment camp
  • Davenport, Iowa prison camp
  • Faribault Indian Community
  • Crow Creek Reservation, Dakota Territory
  • Santee Reservation, Nebraska
  • Lower Sioux Community near Morton
  • Sisseton/Wahpeton Lake Traverse Reservation, SD

When his mother died, my grandfather was sent to Carlyle Indian School for five years. He did not have pain, trauma, hate, anger or healing over what happened in 1862, in subsequent years or at Carlyle.

I began family research more than 20 years ago. Today, I find that many people are not telling my family history correctly.

I spend much of my time writing reviews, speaking and doing tours on subjects related to the Dakota War and the Dakota Indians. In 2012, I did more than 40 speeches and tours

About my purpose

“The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Oratore, II.XV.62

History must be as accurate, as balanced and as respectful as possible. But, too often, accuracy, balance and respect are ignored as a result of someone’s personal agenda. This includes individuals and institutions. I have written letters to these individuals and institutions, but generally, they do not listen. It is time to become more assertive.

The purpose of this website is to seek out and expose the incorrect, unbalanced and disrespectful statements that are being made about the Dakota Indians and the Whites up to, during and after the Dakota War of 1862.

I have been reviewing products related to the Dakota Indians and the Whites for many years. I look for accuracy both in what is said and what is not said. I look for balance – that all groups are represented equally. And I look for respect to all persons involved. If anyone is criticized, I want to see proof.

To date, I have reviewed more than 200 products related to the Dakota War of 1862. I write essays related to the problems I have found. Hopefully, as I work through these reviews and essays the truth will emerge.

If I am inaccurate, unbalanced or disrespectful, please comment on this with facts backed by solid sources. Please be respectful, be brief and stay on point.

About my review criteria


  • The statement is wrong.
  • The statement is incomplete.
  • The statement cannot be proven.
  • The statement does not apply to all members of the group.


  • The statement gives information about one group while corresponding information is not given for other groups involved.
  • The statement gives only one side of an issue.


  • The statement criticizes people without showing proof.

What does this mean?

  • I do not know what the author is trying to say.

Is this correct?

  • I have doubts that this statement is correct.

About my home screen photo

Misty morning in the Minnesota River Valley at Fort Ridgely State Park

4 thoughts on “About

  1. John,

    Where is your account of the treaty payments made to the Dakotas after 1863? As I recall, the final payment settling the 1851 treaties were paid ca 1964 or so. Have you taken it down? It would be interesting to see how much was finally paid to the Dakotas, ca 1870-1964.



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