Dakota Exile Riders visit Hutchinson

Took a cruise up to Hutchinson Mn to visit this monument dedicated to Ta Oyate Duta aka "little crow" that's where we'll be riding as we continue our journey to Bdote. 

Chief Little Crow was picking berries with his son, Wowinape, south of Dassel, when a settler and his son came across them.

The settler, Nathan Lamson, and his son, Chauncey, had left the safety of Hutchinson to hunt and check on their livestock.

Both parties opened fire on each other, with Nathan delivering the fatal shot to Little Crow. Nathan was also wounded in the shoulder during the exchange of shots.

Wowinape stayed with his father until he died, then fled.

Although there was a bounty of $500 for the death and scalp of Little Crow, the Lamsons were unaware who they had shot.

When they returned to Hutchinson, the Lamsons informed other settlers they had killed an Indian northwest of town.

The following day, during an Independence Day celebration, a group of settlers brought Little Crow’s body, which was scalped, into Hutchinson.

Debate ensued about whether or not it was Little Crow, during which time the body was mutilated.

Accounts of Little Crow’s death tell of his body being dragged through the streets of Hutchinson, and eventually being thrown into a the pit for a slaughterhouse.

Later, his head was removed from his body and tossed into a field to decompose in the hot, summer sun.

Wowinape was eventually captured July 28 near Devil’s Lake, and positively identified his father as being the man who had been killed by the Lamsons.

The scalp was turned over to the State of Minnesota, and Nathan collected his $500 check, with Chauncey also collecting a bounty for his role in the death of Little Crow.

Wowinape would be tried for his alleged participation in the US-Dakota War of 1862, was found guilty, and sentenced to be executed.

However, Wowinape was pardoned, after which he converted to Christianity, changing his name to Thomas Wakeman.

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