The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre

Whitestone Hill Massacre: Mass execution of Dakota in Mankato (Minnesota) on December 26, 1862, following the Dakota War. From 'Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper' January 24, 1863, Washington, Library of Congress. Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images

In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples, many who had nothing to do with the prior conflict, which ranged from Minnesota into Dakota Territory.