These resources can help you learn more about the precursors to and the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This list includes primary and secondary sources, websites, digitized items, Historic Sites, and recorded lectures.


Oceti Ŝakowiŋ: The Seven Council Fires


“The Anglo-Dakota Life of Celia Campbell Stay”

This lecture was presented by Professor Annette Atkins on February 7, 2012 at the Minnesota History Center.

Other Video

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  • Dakota Conflict
    Explores the causes, events and aftermath of the fierce fighting that broke out in 1862 between Minnesota's white European settlers and the native people of the state.
  • Dakota Exile
    Beginning in 1862, the federal and state government began to drive the Dakota people from Minnesota. The story of their exile is told through the words of Dakota elders and tribal historians.



Publications Recommended By Others 

The following publications are recommended by members of the general public. For books recommended by MNHS, please visit If you would like to add a book relating to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 to the list below, please visit and fill out the contact form. Your email address will be published online along with the book title.

  • Stillwell, Larry. Flashpoint of Deceit. Moorhead, MN: Gold Fire Pub., 1999. Submitted by Julie Stillwell Sorenson (
  • Mustful, Colin. Thy Eternal Summer: A Thrilling Tale of the Sioux Uprising of 1862. 2011. Electronic. Submitted by Colin Mustful (
  • Manfred, Frederick. Scarlet Plume. Signet, 1995. Submitted by Mike Hazard (
  • Thomas E. Hughes, David Edwards, and Messrs. Hugh G. Roberts and Thomas Hughes (editors). History of the Welsh in Minnesota, Foreston and Lime Springs, IA, gathered by the old settlers. Illustrated 1895. View on Google Books. Submitted by Tom Hendricks (
  • Anderson, Julie Humann. Reconciling Memory: Landscapes, Commemorations, and Enduring Conflicts of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Ph.D. dissertation, Georgia State University, 2011. Download on Georgia State University library website. Submitted by Cliff Kuhn (
  • Koblas, John J. Let Them Eat Grass: The 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. Volume One: Smoke.  Volume Two: Fire. Volume Three: Ashes. North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2009. Submitted by Danny Urban ( and John Koblas (
  • Tolzmann, Don H. (editor). German Pioneer Accounts of the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. Milford, OH: Little Miami Publishing, 2002. Buy from Little Miami Publishing. Submitted by Don Heinrich Tolzmann (
  • Berghold, Alexander. The Indians’ Revenge, or Days of Horror: Some Appalling Events in the History of the Sioux. Edited by Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Roseville, MN: Edinborough Press, 2007.  Submitted by Don Heinrich Tolzmann (
  • Beck, Paul N. Inkpaduta: Dakota Leader. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. Read the review and buy at Friends Of The Little Bighorn Battlefield. Submitted by Bob Reece (

Historic Sites