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Redwood Falls in Redwood County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman

(1846 – 1886)

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
1. Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman Marker
Inscription. Near this spot lie the remains of Wowinape (Place of Refuge), a survivor of the Dakota War of 1862. Wowinape was the son of Taoyateduta (His Red Nation), known to whites as Little Crow, spokesman and leader of the Dakota in that tragic war. In July, 1863 Wowinape was with his father when he was killed. He fled to Dakota Territory but was captured, tried and sentenced to hang. Reprieved and in a prison camp, he became literate in the Dakota language, a Christian convert, and took the name Thomas Wakeman.

Pardoned in 1866, he went to the Santee Reservation and later homesteaded with other Dakota at the bend of the Big Sioux River in Dakota Territory. Thomas Wakeman married Judith Minnetonka in January, 1874. He farmed and carried the U.S. mail. Impressed by the Y.M.C.A., he worked with friends to found the first Indian chapter at Flandreau, Dakota Territory, on April 27, 1879.

Ill with tuberculosis, he returned to boyhood scenes and died at Redwood Falls, Minnesota on January 13, 1886. In his lifetime, he made a path between the Dakota Indian and Euroamerican worlds.

seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1992

 
Erected 1992 by the Minnesota
Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
2. Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman Marker
east side of marker with duplicate text
Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 33.05′ N, 95° 5.936′ W. Marker is in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, in Redwood County. Marker can be reached from North Swain Street 0.8 miles north of East Bridge Street (Minnesota Highway 19), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Redwood Falls Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Redwood Falls MN 56283, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Sears Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Geology of the Redwood Falls Region (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Military Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Clayton H. Pickett / The General Sherman (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lower Sioux Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Mdewakanton Ehdakupi Wanagi Makoce (approx. 5.2 miles away); St. Cornelia's Church (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redwood Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Wakeman. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 28, 2013.) 

2. The US-Dakota War of 1862. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on October 28, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
3. Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman Marker
Redwood Falls Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 25, 2013
4. Redwood Falls Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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