Joesph T Blake's story

  • Article by: Joesph T Blake
  • August 12, 2012 - 8:57 AM

For years I knew I was part Native, until recently I found out I was Mdewakanton Sioux.

As I looked up my heritage I found out that I have a connection to Minnesota past, being that both my 3rd gt grandfathers Francios LaBatte(grandson of Chief Wabasha I) and Joseph Robinette(who's father in law built one of the first houses on the east side of the Mississippi in St Paul,Joseph Turpin) were killed during the Dakota Uprising. Little Crow even came to my 3rd gt Grandmother house to get a tomahawk made by Joseph Robinette, they were later captured and held for 6 weeks. The log house the natives were tried in belong to my 3rd gt grandfather Francios LaBatte. So that is my connection to past and Dakota Uprising.

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