|Refugees fleeing during the Dakota War|
Zoe, a Dakota woman, took provisions to fleeing missionaries.
John Otherday guided sixty-two survivors to safety.
Tatemema encouraged survivors to flee the sixteen miles to Fort Ridgely from the Lower Sioux Agency.
A group of Dakota women met refugees near Henderson, Minnesota, and provided shoes to children who had worn theirs out fleeing through sharp grass.
Four Dakota men traveled with and guarded a group of missionaries, only to be killed shortly after leaving them safe at a river crossing.
Simon Anawangmane escorted a woman and her children to safety.
Lorenzo Lawrence "brought in canoes Mrs. DeCamp and children and others," along with Dr. Stephen Riggs's large church Bible the copy of the Dakota Grammar and Dictionary he prized (probably because he had spent decades of his life learning the language and producing not only a grammar and dictionary but also a translation of the New Testament).
Spirit Walker provided refuge in his tepee where, according to Dr. Stephen Riggs, "Mrs. Amos Huggins found a welcome, and as good a home as they [the Dakota] could make for her and her fatherless children." (Mrs. Huggins's husband, Amos, was killed in the war.)
Writing about the terrifying event, Stephen Riggs's wife, Mary, mentioned John Otherday, Simon Anawangmane, and Lorenzo Lawrence and then went on to say, "...and we doubt not that others will also 'let their light shine'--at the peril of their lives, remember."
What's your favorite story of heroism?
Stephanie Whitson's 3-book Dakota Moons series tells the love story of Genevieve LaCroix and Daniel Two Stars, Christian Dakota Indians who are caught up in the events of the Dakota War. Visit her Pinterest board about the first book, Valley of the Shadow, here: https://www.pinterest.com/stephgwhitson/valley-of-the-shadow/
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