It’s written by white folks. None if it is ever written by Dakota.

Mr. Blue talks about bias in regards to 1862 historical sites.

Things to think about: 

Think about how people remember and/or record historical events. How does this affect us today?

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DL: What about Camp Release?

DB: It’s a little ways from here.

DL: Perhaps we can get over to see that. Any thoughts about that area?

DB: I just want to stay away from it.

DL: Wood Lake, the site of the battle….

DB: Same thing there. Again, you see, as I keep saying, every time you flip a coin you see a different side. The greater population, all they know is their side of the history. It’s written by white folks. None if it is ever written by Dakota. And so therefore, they have free gratis in regards to how they want to write it. And so therefore, 90% of it is inaccurate. Oh, I shouldn’t say it that way, but there’s two sides. All these things that are considered to be historical were never participated in by the Dakota.

Oral History- Interview | Narrator Dean Blue Interviewer Deborah Locke, Made in Granite Falls, Upper Sioux Community, MN | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society. U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. It’s written by white folks. None if it is ever written by Dakota. December 13, 2019. http://www.usdakotawar.org/node/1009

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