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The year was 1862 America was now engulfed in its Civil War By this time in American history more than 150000 white settlers were moving into Native American soil The majority of the Woodland Sioux land had been surrendered and what was left of their land was vastly overpopulated To add insult to injury the white settlers constantly insulted the Santees and insinuated that they were better then them That summer was a very bad one in terms of crops and cattle Settlers as well as Indians were forced to get their food through credits and trades Many of the whites however were very unfair to the Indians in trades and credits Many Indians never received the money that they were promised and sorely needed to support themselves and their families The Mdewkantons chief Little Crow became very upset with the unfair ways that the whites traded On the morning of August 15 a gathering of angry Mdewkantons approached a trading post Little Crow who had led the gathering approached Galbraith the agent who was in charge of the trades He asked Galbraith why his people were not receiving the credits and money that they deserved and needed to live Not replying Galbraith turned to a trader named Andrew Myrick Myrick stated So far as I am concerned if they are hungry let them eat grass of their own dung 40This enraged Little Crow but there was nothing he could do To attack the whites was considered impossible The technology that the whites had far outweighed that of the Indians and a there would be no way for them to win Many of the Santees wished to battle the whites in retaliation for the insults that they had endured Little Crow however convinced them not to attack saying that anyone who was an enemy of the whites would be destroyed For the time being the Santees were convinced and would not attack the whites The
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