following is my response to the Committee after receiving the
list of names of the people who were interred at Fort Snelling
to add to the site. I am sure that I won't be the only one who
reacts in this way. I hope not anyway. The public needs to see
these names and remember them. Gloria Hazell-Derby (web site
that I have wiped the tears from my eyes, I can speak. wow!
That is a lot of names. I have never seen such a long list of
women's names at once. Can you imagine how terrible those women
had to have felt to be the heads of their families after their
men were taken from them in one way or another. Women in those
days and especially in the Dakota culture were never known as
the head of the family, that was the job or title of the men.
So on top of all this degradation of the march and the loss
of friends and family they also had the indignity of being in
the place of their husband/partner as head of the family."
seems stupid I guess that I am reacting this way, after all
I know the history, and I know the names of the 38 + 3, (The
38 + 3 refers the 38 men hung at Mankato on December 26th, 1862,
and to Medicine Bottle, and Shakopee who were both tricked in
Canada and were bought back to Minnesota to be hung. The third
one is Little Crow who was not hung but was killed by a farmer
in a field, that was bad enough but then his body was put on
show and taken around the country. He wasn't buried until over
100 years later in Flandreau. over the years it was decided
to add Little Crow to those remembered because of that degradation.)
but I guess it didn't bring it home to me until I saw this list
with all of the women's names. So many 'Win'. It really needs
to be seen because if I, with my knowledge, reacts like this
how will people who have no knowledge about it react."
people, these women, these incredibly strong, courageous women
need to be remembered. I will do my best to make a web page
that does that. Thank you for allowing me to do this. It is
a great honor."
names of the people follow, the number next to their names are
the family members who were with them. Remember these are just
the Head of family names.