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30/10/2023

Itancan / Naca Volney Fasthorse had us do this

He said he not comin if we didnt..

Peji Hota/sage leaves though

We went through lot though

Have treat our royalty right though

12/09/2023
One papas baby chiks..Mitakoja Anpao Wakan Win. Remember her bein lil bitty.I told her one time needed her puppy Her, "S...
05/09/2023

One papas baby chiks..

Mitakoja Anpao Wakan Win.

Remember her bein lil bitty.

I told her one time needed her puppy

Her, "Sayin no you not gonna eat my puppy" Not gonna make soup

Lol. Made me n Des smile that time

i always teezn her

But lil takoja Aub flew up that hill count coup on those soldier spirits and fast.

No fear in her game.

Made me proud her and others

Shoulda named her "Kokipa Yuha Sni Win" or Has no fear woman instead.

But she did good on ride along with other Miley AKA Mack.

Cant figure out why but they always have "Crush" on ones shorter than them, lol

Macks mama said thanks takin care my baby but she dont realize they take care of me.

Wanna say pidamiya to all em Aub, Mack , Silas, Joaquin, Binks and Peyton. You dont kno what you all do for me.

Watchin you all grow through years

Helpin me when i need it

I enjoy doin this for all you

Thank you all being takoja you are.

Last day of Whitestone.Beautiful morning
04/09/2023

Last day of Whitestone.
Beautiful morning

Its so beautiful here. Lying awake on my cot. Its bout 4:30 am. Wonderin how many of them felt the same from back then. ...
04/09/2023

Its so beautiful here. Lying awake on my cot. Its bout 4:30 am.

Wonderin how many of them felt the same from back then.

Lying in their tipi maybe holding their children, babies or loved ones.

Awake like me right now.

So peaceful and content and to me a sacred place to come ever year.

The story goes this lake was also a place of weddings, prayer
or just coming together.

Different bands or nations of Dakota and Lakota.

All until that fateful day on Sept 3rd 1863.

Today the 4th right now the screams for help would have been heard from the wounded and dying. Cries of children and babies for their mothers in the dark.

Bodies of the dead lying everywhere.

After last nights massacre from soldiers bent on killing them all.

Accounts from soldiers in their journals of not being able to sleep all night due to the screams of women, the crying of babies and the howling of dogs. Sounds of wounded horses.

On this day Sept 4th when light came the wounded who could not walk would be killed. Including babies and all the dogs and horses.

I Iie thinking of all that. I can only hear the sound of the breeze in the trees, the soft nickering of one of our horses who carried us here and a distant coughing of one who stayed over after we arrived yesterday.

To honor, remember and spread awareness on this crime against the people.

At this beautiful place with so much pain in its past. I have heard nothing as i feel they are at peace now.

For what we all accomplished maybe.

Changing the status from it being a battlefield to a massacre site.

That history has been rewritten.

So this morning we will leave. Bid toksa to our relatives and journey home.

Until next year as our job is not done.

Wanna say sleep and hold your loved ones tight as your world can change in a heartbeat as it did for them

Sept 3rd 4th and fifth 1863.
Whitestone Hill, North Dakota

04/09/2023

True.

Takoja Aub and Mac
29/08/2023

Takoja Aub and Mac

Wahpe all happy..new hat ,,boots,, fired up for school
02/08/2023

Wahpe all happy..new hat ,,boots,, fired up for school

07/06/2023
05/04/2020

Trying to find the words for this, We are preparing for the Whitestone Hill ride from Aug 28th to September 3rd.

We have had some meetings. Intros and stories shared. Our last meeting was cancelled due to this virus that is ravaging the country.

We are really wondering where do we go from here? We know the start date, where we start and where and when we finish.

The questions i have are the what ifs. Like what if this virus is worse? Already there has been precautionary limits on groups of more than 10 at a gathering.

Another question is what kind of reception we might get at some of these towns. With fears from the townspeople due to us maybe bringing the virus to their towns. Are we going to be welcome?

Then the biggest question in my mind. What do we do when we get there? That question has been in my mind forever.

Do we pray, put out offerings, sweat, share stories on what happened. then have a meal? So many questions.

Then since it didnt end the 3rd do we stay till the 5th. So many questions and since i know alot are afraid to travel right now maybe we can use this as a meeting place. To put our thoughts and views out there.

I for one want to share my view on why i want to do this, For me it is to remember them, the ones killed at this massacre site,

, To bring awareness to this almost forgotten massacre and what really happened there. That is educating the people.

And last to honor those chiefs who wanted to give themselves up for the people. So they could live. Showing all what WoDakota is really about.

These are the questions i have, feel free to share this as we need input from all before we decide on how to proceed.

22/03/2020

White Stone Hill meeting the 3/28 at Wakpa Sica has been postponed until further notice. This due to Covid-19 aka Corona virus fears from the people.
Will keep all informed on next meeting date.

Attendees Standin g Rock,  Crow Creek, Sissitowan, Isanti and Eagle Butte. Good informational meeting. St James Episcopa...
31/01/2020

Attendees Standin g Rock, Crow Creek, Sissitowan, Isanti and Eagle Butte. Good informational meeting. St James Episcopal Church, Cannonball.

Survivors of Whitestone Hill in North Dakota. Wew are planning a ride to honor and remember.  All are welcomed
23/01/2020

Survivors of Whitestone Hill in North Dakota. Wew are planning a ride to honor and remember. All are welcomed

This is a list of survivors of the Whitestone Massacre. We wanted to post so maybe any could find family names.
23/01/2020

This is a list of survivors of the Whitestone Massacre. We wanted to post so maybe any could find family names.

16/01/2020

We will be having a Whitestone Hill ride meeting at 1:00 pm on the 30th of January at St Pauls Episcopal Church In Cannonball.
Meal provided but if you want to bring something more than welcome. Agenda will be announced.
Bring your prayers ideas and yourselves. Pray to see you all there.

This the route we will be taking from  Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek reservation to White Stone Hill in North Dakota. ...
05/10/2019

This the route we will be taking from Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek reservation to White Stone Hill in North Dakota.

There was a ride meeting the 3rd of Oct but was unable to attend.
Others went.

They had a good meeting and heard and relayed some terrible stories.

One is why there are no native graves there.

They said a farmer picked up all the bones took them east, ground them up for fertilizer then sold back for farm ground.

Rugged people..

This one the reasons we need to have this ride..

Bring about that much needed awareness on what happened.

We will be having next meeting at Crow Creek, Fort Thompson.

Will keep posted on time and location.

25/09/2019

We will be traveling to Cannon Ball October 3rd to meet with others on the upcoming ride that is scheduled for Aug 28th to Sep 3rd 2020.

I know it is early yet but time will fly by and before you know it we will be riding. Just the way it is.

We were wondering if others wanted to go with. We will have some room. Otherwise if you can get there. Be part of the planning, give your input. You are more than welcome.

The meeting place is at the community center in Cannon Ball at 6:00 pm.

Let know if you can come.

18/09/2019

Bought and given to us by man lives up near site ..told needs to changed from battlefield to massacre site

18/09/2019

Windy big time...but wanted show what looked like..beautiful yet sad because of atrocity committed on the people

Some photos from Sept 17th
18/09/2019

Some photos from Sept 17th

Yesterday we made the journey. From Ft Thompson, SD to the Whitestone Hill site in North Dakota. It was a productive day...
18/09/2019

Yesterday we made the journey.

From Ft Thompson, SD to the Whitestone Hill site in North Dakota.

It was a productive day and we found our sites for camping for our upcoming ride August 28th to September 3rd 2020.

We met some real good supportive people on the journey. From a mayor to a lawyer who helped us out alot.

So our stops and route are mostly mapped out with maybe slight changes in future

We also met man who lives about 20 miles from site. He bought us a book called the Uncivil War at Whitestone Hill by

He said it the name needs to be changed from a battle site to a massacre site.

Maybe thats next on list.

But when we arrived there i saw a beautiful place...

How it must have been. Everybody happy..ready for winter..lots of food stores.

Then i felt the sadness, the lives taken, the freedom to live a way of life lost there.

The atrocities commited against the people.

I also felt the oneness that was there with the people.

Those soldiers and their soldier chiefs were out for revenge. Looking for Dakota involved from Minnesota uprising in 1862.

I think how the chiefs and the people could have so easily given them up. To save themselves and the people.

The ones the army called refugees from Minnesota. Mostly women and children who were among the people.

Instead they offered themselves,
as leaders, chiefs did back then,

to save the people.

I am eternally grateful and full of pride to be Dakota.

We were one back then. No divisions.

So today want pray and give wopida to those ones for trying to protect those women, children.

Giving of yourself and even your lives.

Always remember who you are and where you came from. We all come from good stong people.

Will keep posted on updates on progress and want to extend an invitation to all to join, help, ride and plan.

Here are some photos from yesterday the 17th of September.

20/08/2019

We are in the planning stages of doing a memorial horseback ride from Fort Thompson SD to Whitestone Hill in North Dakota. Whitestone Hill was the site of a massacre that happened on September 3rd 1863. We want to make this ride a reality to bring about healing and awareness to this atrocity that happened so long ago.

This is but one account as there were many, I cant grasp the horrors that were inflicted on the people that day.

As winter approached, the Yanktonai and Hunkpatina bands of Dakota were busy hunting buffalo and preparing the meat for the coming season. Around them, the United States was split in Civil War, as the Union divided themselves between a war in the south, as well as on their western frontier. On Sept. 3, 1863, those two world’s would collide, with what would be said to be the bloodiest confrontation fought on North Dakota soil.

Turmoil had began to build in the late 1850s, as treaty violations caused an increasing amount of hunger and hardships among the Dakota. As peaceful negotiations reached an impasse, a boiling point was reached, setting off the Dakota War of 1862.

The war would be short lived. Beginning on Aug. 17, the war would officially be over when 38 Dakota men were hung on Dec. 26, 1862. It was the largest mass ex*****on in United States history.

Following the ex*****on, in April of 1863, the remaining Dakota Indians living in Minnesota were expelled, with their reservations abolished. Sent to South Dakota, others sought refuge with the Lakota in what would be North Dakota.

Seeking to punish those Dakota who fled, the U.S. Army pursued them, with battles continuing through 1864. With revenge in mind, and the intention to slaughter Indians, those gathered at Whitestone Hill would fall victim.

Having joined for celebration, the Dakota at Whitestone Hill sought peace as Sully's men approached their encampment.

Having joined for celebration, the Dakota at Whitestone Hill sought peace as Sully’s men approached their encampment. Dustin White photo

Attempt at peace
On Sept. 3, 1863, led by Colonel Albert E. House, 300 men met up with a large group of Dakotas. Initially thinking that they had stumbled upon a small gathering, House was surprised to find between 3,000-4,000 Dakotas having set up camp.

Unbeknownst to House, the gathering had been one of celebration and ceremony. The Yanktonai and Hunkpatina, along with a few members of other tribes, came together in order to pray for the coming year, reunite with relatives, arrange future marriages and plan for the winter.

Among those gathered were also a number of refugees, who had fled Minnesota after the Dakota War of 1862. Primarily women and children, they were survivors of atrocities; however, their horrors would once again play out.

Seeing the U.S. Army approach, younger members of the tribes rushed to the nearby lake, hastily painting their bodies for war. However, elders among the group discouraged such action.

As House and his men approached, Chief Big Head gathered up his people, and reassured them that there was no need to fear. They had never had a problem; they had never fought the white men.

Convinced that the soldiers had not come for them, Big Head and his men found a white flour sack, and hoisted it upon a large stick, as a flag of truce. Approaching the soldiers, Big Head sought peace, yet his intentions would be lost in translation.

Attempting to explain that the tribes sought peace, the soldiers would instead here how the Dakota were preparing for their destruction. For nearly three hours, negotiations would continue.

Looking to protect their women and children, the Dakota would offer to have a number of their chiefs surrender, in order to assure peace. It would not be enough for House though, who demanded the surrender of all.

As the talks continued, Frank LaFrambois, who served as a scout for House, left the encampment with two soldiers to inform General Alfred Sully of the current situation. As the sun began to set, Sully would join House.

Fleeing camp
With their annual gathering and preparation for winter having concluded, the Yanktonai and Hunkpatina had began to dismember the camp earlier that day. Before the soldiers had arrived, the hunting camp was in different arrays, with half the tents still up, and the other packed away.

Conversations filled the camp, as goodbyes were said. Winter was coming, and with their supplies for the season prepared, peace and joy had filled the area. It would be short lived.

As the day progressed, peace and joy would be replaced with tension. While Big Head would seek to reassure his people that their would be no problem, fear broke out as Sully’s men surrounded the camp.

Looking down into the camp, Sully’s men would open fire. Among the Dakota, only peace had been sought.

“… And the worse of it, they (the Dakota) had no hostile intention whatever, the Nebraska Second pitched into them without orders, while the Iowa Sixth were shaking hands with them on one side, the soldiers even shot their own men,” Sam Brown, a 19-year-old interpreter, wrote to his father in regards to Whitestone Hill.

With soldiers having opened fire, panic broke out in the camp. Fleeing in all directions, man, woman and child tried to escape the carnage.

Massacre
As the sun set, gun fire had erupted from among the soldiers. For the men in the camp, their initial response was to protect the women and children.

Engaging Sully’s soldiers, the Dakota men worked to divert the attention on themselves, in order to allow the women and children to escape to safety. However, with Sully having had the tribes surrounded, there would be no place to go.

Circling around a hill in the camp, the women and children rushed towards a ravine, hoping to find safety. Yet there would be none. Emerging at the top of either ridge of the ravine, Sully’s men would cut off the escape, and once again open fire, into the group composed mainly of women and children.

Fighting to create an opening among the soldiers to allow the women and children to escape, the Dakota men also attempted to shield them from the bullets. Meanwhile, not wanting to see their children perish, women tied their babies to horses and dogs, and chased them from the immediate danger, with the hopes that their children would survive.

Trapped, all would seem to be lost. As hundreds laid dead or dying, the Dakota warriors finally broke through, allowing those left to escape.

As night finally came, Sully’s soldiers would end their firing. Unable to see in the dark, soldiers had began to fire into each other, and realizing that, they were commanded to put down their arms.

With the dark settling in, the screams of women, and the howling of dogs, filled the night air, preventing soldiers from gaining much rest.

Aftermath
On Sept. 4, 1863, the sun rose above a field of bloodshed. Waking that morning, soldiers happened upon a grisly sight. Throughout the site women laid dead or dying. Children, from infant to eight to 10 years of age had suffered death the night before, or for those still alive, were missing their parents.

As morning broke, Sully established camp where the Dakota once had set up their own hunting camp. His men would set to work.

Scouting parties were sent out to hunt the remaining Dakota in the area. Those who remained at camp followed Sully’s orders. They would begin by killing those who were wounded; man, woman and child.

Next, they were ordered to kill every dog. With many having tied their babies to their dogs in hopes they would flee to safety, the order included the death of infants. An estimated 6,000 dogs would perish.

Believing in a scorch Earth sort of tactic, Sully would then order the destruction of everything that was left behind. So thorough were the men that soldiers would sit down with every pot in the camp, and break holes in them, so they could no longer be used.

Adding to the Dakota’s hardship, Sully would also have their winter stocks destroyed. Nearly 500,000 pounds of buffalo meat would be thrown into the fire.

For two days, a party of one hundred men would work to destroy all that was left at the Dakota camp. Teepees, buffalo skin, meat and tallow would be burned. As the destruction continued, the tallow would melt, and run down the valley as if it were a stream.

Sully would finish his mission on Sept. 6. He had lost just 20 soldiers, many by friendly fire. The Dakota would suffer much more. Three to four hundred would perish during the massacre. For those who survived, 156 were taken captive, while many others were scattered.

While Sully would consider it a massive victory, a dreadful irony existed. The Dakota Indians Sully had encountered at Whitestone Hill likely had no part in the Dakota War of 1862. For the United States, it was a military victory, but one that came at the expense of innocent individuals.

The Dakota prisoners would eventually be taken to Crow Creek Reservation, a former prisoner of war camp. For nearly a decade, they would remain prisoners in a camp where resources were lacking, and for many, life was hell.

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