Wowinape's Trial

This document provides a transcript of the trial of Wowinape (Wówinaphe), son of the Dakota chief Little Crow. Wowinape was tried for his alleged participation in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The transcript lists the members of the military commission assembled to try Wowinape, describes the two charges against him, and records testimony offered by eye witnesses of events during the war, including Little Crow's murder. The commission found Wowinape guilty and sentenced him to be executed. Letters appended to the end of the transcript question the validity of the trial and anticipate Wowinape's eventual pardon, after which he converted to Christianity and changed his name to Thomas Wakeman.