Dakota in Exile
The Untold Stories of Captives in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War
by Linda M. Clemmons
Pub Date 15 May 2019
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Historian Linda Clemmons examines the surviving letters from Robert and Sarah; other Dakota language sources; and letters from missionaries, newspaper accounts, and federal documents. She blends both the personal and the historical to complicate our understanding of the development of the Midwest, while also serving as a testament to the resilience of the Dakota and other indigenous peoples who have lived in this region from time immemorial.
“Dakota in Exile adds to our knowledge about and understanding of the history of the Dakota Nation in particular and of the U.S. more broadly, as the history of colonization and settler colonialism is integral to the history of the United States.”—Colette Hyman, author, Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture, and Exile
“Linda Clemmons shines a light on the frequently overlooked aftermath of the Dakota War through the experiences of prisoners of war and exiled survivors united in a common goal: survival of post-war persecution. She captures the varied collective experiences and humanity of the Dakota during a chaotic, genocidal chapter in Indian-white relations.”—Jacki Thompson Rand, University of Iowa