As the leader of the Dakota combatants in the U.S. - Dakota War, to choose the path toward war was one of the most difficult decisions any leader has made in Minnesota history. His reluctance to sanction this violent action was a personal decision that he realized would change his life and the lives of his people forever. The war undoubtedly would have happened regardless of his participation but because of it, he was one of the most hated, feared and wanted men in Minnesota history. The Dakota War, the impact on the people involved, on the state, was one of the most tragic stories in Minnesota history.
~Brian Pease, St Paul, MN
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