“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Massacre Site

Massacre Site Marker image. Click for full size.
March 26, 2022
1. Massacre Site Marker
Inscription.  In late July 1864, members of a uniformed, all-Indian, Yankton Agency scout unit followed the trail of an unknown war party. When the warriors attempted to flee, they were pursued, captured, and taken to the Yankton's camp about one mile north of this site. The prisoners were Santee who left Devil's Lake 20 days earlier in search of settlers to rob and murder. One captive, a member of White Lodge's band, claimed that he had killed ten settlers during the Dakota Conflict.

The Santee were told that the Yankton scouts were friendly to settlers who belonged to Great Father, the President of the United States. The Yankton were from the tribe of Chief Struck by the Ree. Called Old Strike, he had positioned his warriors to protect settlers during the uprising in Minnesota.

In view of their confessions, the Santee were summarily executed. "Receipts" in the form of scalps were taken and delivered to the Yankton Indian Agent.

During the winter of 1938-1939, some 74 years after the mass execution, workmen building a runway for the new Sioux Falls Municipal Airport uncovered 12 shallow graves and removed the remains of 14
Massacre Site Marker image. Click for full size.
March 26, 2022
2. Massacre Site Marker
Click or scan to see
this page online
Santee warriors.
Erected 2008 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society and the Minnehaha Century Fund.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1864.
Location. 43° 34.217′ N, 96° 44.222′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on West Algonquin Street, 0.1 miles east of F Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 821 W Algonquin 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. Municipal Airport (here, next to this marker); Forgotten Heroes (here, next to this marker); Stratosphere Balloonist (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bomber Rams Skyscraper (approx. Ό mile away); Liberty Tree (approx. 0.6 miles away); Midair Collision (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans' Memorial Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Going Home (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Massacre Site Marker, from the east image. Click for full size.
March 26, 2022
3. Massacre Site Marker, from the east
Massacre Site Marker <i>(right)</i>, from the west image. Click for full size.
March 26, 2022
4. Massacre Site Marker (right), from the west
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2022. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 30, 2022.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
Paid Advertisements

Apr. 2, 2023