U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Oral History Project: Interview with John LaBatte

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Titles U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Oral History Project: Interview with John LaBatte
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John LaBatte lives in New Ulm, Minnesota but grew up in Minneapolis, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Robbinsdale. He is of Dakota and White descent. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Settlers in War, Remembering 1862, Minnesota Historical Society, Forced Conversion, Missionaries, Causes of War, Dakota/Trader Relations, Kinship, Dakota vs. Christian Spirituality, Dakota Warfare, Violence, Mankato Hangings, Remembering 1862, Teaching the War of 1862, Fur Trade, Treaties.
Quantity 4 digital file
19 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:18:28 minutes running time
Creation Interviewer: Locke, Deborah
Interviewee: LaBatte, John
Made in: New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Dakota Indians
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Dates Creation: 05/31/2011
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers (Library Call Number)
AV2011.45.17 (Accession Number)
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Oral History Project'


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  • Jodi Belcourt on April 30, 2023 11:40:08 AM
    I cannot believe anything he says. He was not there and he is only going off what his ancestors write or what he read by a white person. I Believe what the Dakota say that they were forced by christianity and I believe the prices for the Dakota were increased. Reconciliation cannot go forward if you are only going to believe what was write by one ethnicity. Whether if you don't like it or not is irrelevant. You need to hear it from both sides. If you accept your Dakota ancestry then you will know we didnt writs things down its was oral history. You only believe what your white ancestors wrote, which was to make themselves loom good.

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