I’d wish to be the people we were

Ms. Halverson talks about what she wishes for Dakota people today.

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If I had a magic wand I know what I’d wish for today, I’d wish to be the people we were, the people we were before the European invasion. I would wish to go back. I would wish to have that lifestyle. When I go to Sun Dance it’s like going back in time. I’d like to be back to where our people were, and the compassion, the generosity, the lifestyles, the freedom, the family circles, the family involvement. No alcohol, no drugs. That would be my magic wand, my wish.

Oral History- Interview | Narrator Pamela Halverson Interviewer Deborah Locke | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society. U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. I’d wish to be the people we were June 22, 2024. http://www.usdakotawar.org/node/1389

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