“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Morton in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Solid Friendships

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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
1. Solid Friendships Marker
Made of solid granite, the “Friendly Indian Monument” was dedicated in 1899 in honor of six Dakota Indians who befriended and protected government employees, immigrant settlers, missionaries, or aided soldiers during the United States – Dakota Conflict of 1862, most often at the risk of their own lives.

Ana'wang ma'ni
Galloping Walks
Simon Ana'wang ma' ni
Ana'wang ma'ni assisted a woman and child to safety during the Conflict. He also served as one of General Henry Sibley's scouts during the years after the United States - Dakota Conflict of 1862.

Maqhkahto Heiya win
She is a Strong Determined Woman
Mary Crooks
Mahkahto Heiya win assisted in the protection of many captives.

Paul Ma'zakute'ma'ni
Shoots as He Walks
Little Paul
Ma'zakute'ma'ni spoke against the Conflict at Dakota councils and advocated the release of the captives held by Chief Little Crow. After the Conflict he served as an army scout for Sibley. Before the Conflict he rescued Miss Gardner from White Spider's camp along the James River after
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
2. Close-up of Map
the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857.

Maggie Brass
Snasna’win purchased 14 year old Mary Schwandt for the price of a pony from a Dakota warrior and adopted her as her own during the United States - Dakota Conflict of 1862 to protect her from harm.

Faces the Village
Lorenzo Lawrence
Tonwanetaton led a number of settlers to the safety of Fort Ridgely during the United States-Dakota Conflict of 1862. During the Battle of Wood Lake and after the Conflict, he served as a scout for Sibley.

Good Sounding Voice
John Other Day
Anpe'tuto'keca led 62 Yellow Medicine (Upper Sioux) Agency employees and their families to the safety of Shakopee at the beginning of the United States - Dakota Conflict of 1862. He then enlisted in the military as a scout for Sibley where he fought alongside Sibley's troops.

There are only 6 names on the "Friendly Indian Monument," but many more aided those of white descent who are not listed here.

The two Morton monuments dedicated in the 1890’s portray the negative sentiments of many Minnesota citizens towards Dakota Indians after the United States – Dakota Conflict of 1862. This is evidenced by the fact that the monuments were dedicated to the soldiers who fought at Birch Coulee and to
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
3. Solid Friendships Marker
Monument to the Faithful Indians
those Dakota who aided the settlers, agency employees, or missionaries. There are no monuments here that commemorate those Dakota who strived to protect their families and homeland by participating in the Conflict.

Struggles for a Home
The Minnesota River Valley has a story to tell about indigenous people struggling to make a home amid a changing environment. The Minnesota River Valley also has a story to tell about the struggles of the pioneering immigrant families who eventually created one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.

The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway
Funded in part by Federal Highway Administration
logos of: America's Byways; Renville County; Scenic Byway Minnesota River Valley
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansPeaceWars, US IndianWomen.
Location. 44° 33.15′ N, 94° 58.341′ W. Marker is in Morton, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker can be reached from East Monument Drive half a mile east of Walnut Drive. East Monument Drive is a narrow unpaved road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morton MN 56270, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Faithful Indians' Monument (here, next to this
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marker); Surrounded at the Coulee (a few steps from this marker); Birch Coulee State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Caught Unaware! (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of Birch Coulee (approx. 1˝ miles away); Minnesota's Civil War (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Story of the Land (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Birch Coulee (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morton.
More about this marker. All six Dakota names on this marker are spelled differently than the same names engraved on the nearby monument. This marker notes the name of the monument as the Friendly Indian Monument. Completed in December, 1899, by the Minnesota Valley Historical Society, the monument was also known as the Faithful Indians' Monument.
Also see . . .  Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway. (Submitted on December 21, 2013.)
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862; Ampatutokicha; Mahzakutemanne; Towanetaton; Anahwangmanne; Mahkahta Heiya-win; Snana-win
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 21, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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