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Published August 23, 2013, 09:41 AM

150th anniversary of historic ND battle observed

Officials are marking the 150th anniversary of the battle at Whitestone Hill in southeastern North Dakota. The site is where U.S. Cavalry troops from Iowa and Nebraska battled with Dakota Sioux warriors in September 1863, in what historians say was the last major battle between soldiers and American Indians east of the Missouri River.

KULM, N.D. — Officials are marking the 150th anniversary of the battle at Whitestone Hill in southeastern North Dakota.

The site is where U.S. Cavalry troops from Iowa and Nebraska battled with Dakota Sioux warriors in September 1863, in what historians say was the last major battle between soldiers and American Indians east of the Missouri River. Twenty-two soldiers and more than 100 Indians died.

The state historic site near Kulm in Dickey County has monuments honoring both sides in the battle.

The State Historical Society and the Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historical Society have scheduled a daylong event at the site Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary. Activities will include military life and settler re-enactments and American Indian drumming and dances. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, tribal tourism director for the Standing Rock Sioux and a board member of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, is scheduled to speak.

"The 150th commemoration of the Whitestone Massacre should always be remembered so this never happens again," she said in a statement. "This event changed my people forever; we lost our lives, our homes, our land and most of all, our center."

On the actual anniversary date of the start of the battle on Sept. 3, Dakota and Lakota people will gather at the site for a private observance.


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