Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Ahlman's Shooter Roundup: Author!

Meet Steve Ulman!

 Steve is the author of a book called "Blood on the Prairie".  It is a historical account of the Sioux uprising in 1862.   Also known as the Dakota War, it started with various Sioux parties along the Minnesota River in August of that year.  It ended with the mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862 in Mankato, Minnesota.

It was caused by a long series of treaty violations by the US and late annuity payments to Indian agents.  The Sioux were hungry and feeling betrayed and powerless.   The Sioux demanded that the annuity payments by-pass the Indian agents.   This would lessen the probability of theft and delay. 

Even though the Civil War was going on, the US sent troops to defend the settlers.  

Some estimates are that nearly 800 settlers, men, women, and children, were killed. 

To this day, members of the Sioux tribe still take horses and follow the Trail of Tears in December, to Mankato. 

It is, I believe, a horrible moment of our history when the strong and greedy took advantage of those less able to defend themselves. 

It was a pleasure meeting you, Steve.

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