Sioux Uprising of 1862

Time Frame: 1862

The Sioux uprising of 1862 made settlers fear for their lives and vacate the Iowa-Minnesota border. This led to the Sioux being sent to reservations.
“First People of the Prairies,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 1, Iowa Public Television, 1979.

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Five years later the Nation was torn by Civil War. With many men away at the battlefront, much of the Iowa frontier was left in the care of women and children. Once again panic gripped northern Iowa when an uprising of Sioux caused much bloodshed at New Ulm, Minnesota, 50 miles north of the Iowa border. Fearing for their lives, many families on the northwestern Iowa frontier left their home for the safety of frontier settlements or moved in with friends and relatives in other parts of the state. Although the Sioux uprising of 1862 didn’t result in any real warfare in Iowa, many settlers felt that Indians and whites would never be able to live together in peace. Their answer was the Indian reservation.


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