Today in 1862: Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey declares that “The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state.”
The previous month, the Dakota, or Santee, Sioux, long burdened by treaty violations and late or unfair payments from Indian agents, killed four settlers and attacked settlers throughout the Minnesota River valley. The number killed was estimated between 300 and 800, until 9/11 the largest civilian death toll in the U.S. The number of Indian deaths was not recorded.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World – Madison General Membership Branch. Find out what is up with the One Big Union and how you can dump the boss off your back! Preceded at 5:30 by a meeting of the IWW Social Action & Solidarity Committee. This is tonight at 6:30pm at 122 State Street, 4th floor conference room. More info at 255-1800 or search on Facebook for Madison-IWW-GMB.
Tomorrow night, Historic Madison Inc. hosts a free walking tour of The Capitol Square in 1900! Find out what was going on over a century ago in our great city. Gather for this free event tomorrow at 6:30 pm at the Veteran’s Museum, 30 West Mifflin. Rain date is Wednesday. More info at historicmadison.org.