President Lincoln Acknowledges Sioux Disaffection in Minnesota

March 27, 1862

Weeks earlier Episcopal Bishop Benjamin Whipple wrote the President Lincoln about  “the sad condition of the Indians of this State, who are my heathen wards. . . . I ask only justice for a wronged and neglected race. . . . The United States has virtually left the Indian without protection. . . . The first thing needed is honesty. . . . The second. . . is to frame instructions so that the Indian shall be the ward of the Government.”  President Lincoln replied that “I have commended the matter of which it treats to the special attention of the Secretary of the Interior.”   In the summer of 1862, the Sioux in Minnesota, frustrated with their treatment, launched a full-scale revolt.

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