The gate opened just to show the people that the land was still there.

Mr. Ross talks about Dakota survival and hope at the prison camp at Fort Snelling after the U.S.-Dakota War.

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There was a story about a medicine man at Fort Snelling who somehow had a drum. He sang a song and broke the chains on the gate and the gate opened just to show the people that the land was still there. Nothing had changed. To give them hope. Of course the soldiers quickly closed the gate again. But he did that one single act to show that all of creation was still there and what was happening was only a moment. So what happened at Fort Snelling? You’d have to be raised in a spiritual life that you’re not familiar with because the land talks to you. The memories of all the old people are still present in the land so you get a lot of information. There’s no way one person, a group of people, a diverse group of people could say exactly what happened at Fort Snelling. It’s something that should have never happened.

Oral History- Interview | Narrator Dallas Ross Interviewer Deborah Locke made at Granite Falls, Upper Sioux Community, MN | Sunday, May 1, 2011

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society. U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. The gate opened just to show the people that the land was still there. July 23, 2019. http://www.usdakotawar.org/node/1096

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