Battle of Sugar Point

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Chief Bug served as the focal point for the last of the Indian Wars. Fought on Leech Lake on October 5, 1898, the Battle of Sugar Point resulted in six soldiers being killed, nine wounded, one Indian policeman killed and seven citizens wounded. Although Wounded Knee, happening at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation some years earlier is demarked by most as the last Indian battle, the Department of the Army notes, in awarding the Medal of Honor to Oscar Burkard of Hay Creek, Minnesota, This, the last Medal of Honor won in an Indian campaign, was awarded for an action during the uprising of Chippewa Indians, on Leech Lake, northern Minnesota, 5 October, 1895. Chief Bug had just been released from custody in Duluth after the federal government did not want to prosecute him on a liquor violation and he had to walk back to Walker, quite a hike. And the authorities wanted to rearrest him as a witness in another liquor case for failure to obey a subpoena, at which Chief Bug resisted and the battle resulted a snafu in apprehending the Chief, a member of the Pillager Band of Ojibwa.
~Neil Simonson, Morris, MN


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