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Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota

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Much of the focus on the Dakota people in Minnesota rests on the tragic events of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War and the resulting exile that sent the majority of the Dakota to prisons and reservations beyond the state's boundaries. But the true depth of the devastation of removal cannot be understood without a closer examination of the history of the Dakota people and their dee...more
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Published January 1st 2012 by Minnesota Historical Society Press
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Liz Carlson
Mni Sota Makoce is a compelling history of the Dakota people and Minnesota. Like the beautiful quilt on the book's cover, this history carefully pieces together a wide variety of primary material in making an eloquent case that Minnesota is the Dakota homeland. Original sources dating back to specific Dakota creation stories and also including Dakota oral histories, French maps, and Euro-American art, photos, legal documents, journals, and letters are supplemented by recent historical, legal, an...more
Richard Rothaus
Mni Sota Makoce is a new book with some new ideas. The roots of this book are in Dakota traditions, and it offers not only some new information, but also some 'new' ways to think about the land and the history of its peoples.
Overall, I'm really glad I read this book. I'm a hardcore, dyed-in-the-wool Minnesotan, and yet I recently realized I know almost nothing about the state's history. Reading this book was really fascinating and informative, and I think it does an excellent job of explaining just how important Minnesota is to the Dakota--and how important the Dakota are to Minnesota.

That said, I did have some issues with the book. I found the pronunciation guide to be fairly unhelpful, and since the book constantl...more
Laura Waterman
This is a compelling new way to look at an old story. It is steeped in good research and spares no one. We all should read this.
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