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Letter to Col. Sibley, Sept. 7, 1862

"Dear Sir – For what reason we have commenced this war I will tell you. it is on account of Maj. Galbrait [sic] we made a treaty with the Government a big for what little we do get and then cant get it till our children was dieing with hunger – it is with the traders that commence Mr A[ndrew] J Myrick told the Indians that they would eat grass or their own dung. Then Mr [William] Forbes told the lower Sioux that [they] were not men [,] then [Louis] Robert he was working with his friends how to defraud us of our money, if the young braves have push the white men I have done this myself."

Translated by J. Campbell and signed by Little Crow and possibly composed in council. Spelling is as written in original document.


Source:
Quoted in "The Time to Speak is Over: The Onset of the Sioux Uprising," by Priscilla Ann Russo, Minnesota History (Fall 1976): 97-106.


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