Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In Memory of Makana Na Ota E 'En
Enraged over the broken promises of the white man, the Santee Sioux, led by Chief Little Crow, launched the "War of the Outbreak" - or "Dakota War" - in August, 1862, along the Minnesota River. Little Crow ordered White Lodge's band, camped near Lake Benton, Minnesota, to drive out the settlers along the Dakota border and in the Big Sioux River valley.
On August 25, 1862, Judge Joseph B. Amidon and his son, William, were slain by Indians while making hay near the north edge of Sioux Falls. Territorial Governor William Jayne ordered evacuation of the settlement. Following the Yankton Stage Trail, the settlers fled to Yankton, led by a detachment of Dakota Cavalry.
In November, a scouting party under Captain Nelson Miner returned to Sioux Falls. Included in the party were a number of civilians who had been residents of Sioux Falls before its evacuation. Many of the civilians had cached goods which they now wished to recover. Using caution, the scouting party camped overnight on the south side of the Big Sioux River near the present location of the Yankton Trail Bridge.
On signal, the cavalry charged. The Indians scattered to the north and west and escaped, save one man, who missed the unmarked trail crossing Covell's Slough and whose horse floundered in the mud near this spot. Soldiers fired and wounded him. Injured and on foot, he was killed by a mounted soldier's saber slashes. The cavalry reported the slain man to be Wa-keyan-doota, a nephew of the notorious renegade, Inkpaduta.
The Indian killed was not Inkpaduta's nephew. He was Makana Na Ota E 'En, which could be translated to Among Many Little Trees. He was a member of the visiting band who had no part in the Amidon murders or the sack of Sioux Falls. His only crime was being Indian. Later, his companions returned and buried him near the top of a nearby high point.
Years later, in 1931, his true identity was related by his sister, Rattling Wings Woman. For some time, she unsuccessfully sought the burial place of her slain brother. It is thought that the unmarked grave of Makana Na Ota E 'En is in upper Terrace Park.
Makana Na Ota E 'En,
Erected 1993 by the Minnehaha County and South Dakota Historical Societies, the Minnehaha Century Fund and the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation. (Marker Number 543.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1862.
Location. 43° 33.482′ N, 96° 44.493′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on West Madison Street, 0.1 miles east of North Covell Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The marker stands in Terrace Park, by Covell Lake, just southwest of the northern parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 W 4th St, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Foss, Joseph Jacob (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herbert A. Littleton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leo K. Thorsness (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Rosie the Riveter" Memorial Rose Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sioux Falls Army Technical School (approx. Woodrow Wilson Keeble (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles D. Roberts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patrick Henry Brady (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Additional keywords. In Memory of Makana Na Ota E 'En
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