Janet Hill's story

  • Updated: August 16, 2012 - 2:18 PM

This is a photo of Anpetutokacha (John Other Day), who saved 62 people, including my great-grandparents, at the Upper Agency.

Most of my family members still have this photo displayed in their homes.

He was awarded by the government after the conflict for his efforts and bought a farm near Henderson. But he soon moved to Sisseton, S.D., where he died shortly afterward.

I can only imagine that life must have been unbearable in Minnesota for the Dakotas who were allowed to stay. John wasn't a "politically correct" Indian because he tried to become like the whites, but I believe that his story -- one of the most interesting and most sad in Minnesota history -- deserves to be remembered and honored.

Janet Hill

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