Inkpaduta


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Inkpaduta

(?1815–?78) Santee Sioux chief; born at the Watonwan River, present-day South Dakota. As chief of his band (1848), he led them on a massacre of whites near Spirit Lake, Iowa, in March 1856. He was never caught, and his violent ways were instrumental in turning many whites against the Santee Sioux.
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Inkpaduta has been vilified by numerous historians regarding his band's expediting the 1857 massacre of 39 whites at an isolated settlement in northern Iowa at a place known as Spirit Lake.
In the aftermath of the massacre, Inkpaduta became a figure of lore and legend among the Sioux and the whites.
As a child in Minnesota, Beck (history, Wisconsin Lutheran College) learned that Inkpaduta, who died about 1879, was a madman whose only passion was murdering white settlers.
This was the case when annuities were actually illegally withheld from the Dakota until they had attempted to kill or capture Inkpaduta for his attacks on white settlements.