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19th Century is really the history of the Dakota (Sioux) American Indians. It is believed that the Dakota people lived and flourished in the area to be known as Minneapolis before Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Du Luth (known as Duluth), and Father Louis Hennepin visited the area in the 1680s. In 1829, a Dakota Mdewakanton village was located on the west shore of a lake known as Lake Calhoun in what would become part of Minneapolis. Other Mdewakanton villages included Chief Wabasha's at Winona, Wacouta's at Red Wing, Little Crow's at South St. Paul, Black Dog's the power plant on the Minnesota River, Pennesha's near Nine Mile Creek in Bloomington, and Chief Shakopee at the community of Shakopee. There was also another dominant Indian Nation in the area, the Ojibwe. The federal government recognizes 11 Indian Tribes in Minnesota: four Dakota and seven Ojibwe (Chippewa) Bands. Three of the Dakota tribes are Mdewakanton: Shakopee, Prairie Island, and Lower Sioux. The Upper Sioux is Sisseton Wahpeton. The seven Ojibwe tribes are: Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, and the White Earth Nation. Intertribal fighting between the Ojibwe and the Dakota had a long history and early White/Indian intervention played an important role in their disputes. Leonard E. Wabasha is quoted as saying: "My people are the Mdewakanton Oyate". Mdewakanton means the People of Spirit Lake. Today that lake is known as Mille Lacs. In about 1750, the Chippewa (Ojibwe) moving westward from Lake Superior captured the Mille Lacs village, and by this decisive battle drove the Sioux permanently into southern Minnesota. The French-sponsored Sieur DuLuth's 1760s Vineland battle, also helped drive the Sioux from the Mille Lacs area. Centuries of conflict between tribes is hard to rectify, but things have a way of working out, sometimes not in the most pleasant of ways. By 1800, many Dakota Mdewakanton had settled along the lower Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers below the sacred site of the Falls of St. Anthony. In 1825, under the auspices of United States government agents, the Dakota and the Ojibwe agreed to the establishment of a demarcation between their tribal areas. The line ran northwest across Minnesota from the St. Croix River on the east to the Red River on the northwest. In the late summer of 1862, four wandering Sioux hunters killed five settlers at Acton, in Meeker County. Over a decade prior to this event the Sioux had surrendered a numerous part of their land to the whites when they expanded westward into Minnesota. In all, they surrendered 28 million acres through different treaties, 21 million of those acres coming from the Traverse des Sioux Treaty of 1851. After these treaties were reluctantly agreed upon, the Sioux were left with two reservations for 7,000 of them in the Minnesota River valley. That and the promise of annuities for their land was their fortune. The government back then was rarely on time with their payments and the tribes had to trade with the fur traders for essentials on credit. When the money did arrive, the fur traders grabbed most of it and the tribe was left with virtually nothing. In 1861, there was massive crop failure, and combined with the continued bureaucratic hold up of land payments, the Sioux became desperate for supplies. The Dakota were accustomed to living through hard times but now, as they were finding it difficult to find food, they saw the settlers and the soldiers having adequate rations. In a weakened condition due to health, lack of resources and food, life grew harder, alcoholism spread and the debt they owed to the traders increased; many faced starvation. The Sioux growing resentment for the white settlers was obvious, and after the killing in Acton, and with many of the able bodied white men off fighting the Civil War, they rallied behind their chiefs Little Crow and Shakopee for an all-out commitment to the use of force. Like a prairie fire, their bitterness burned across the countryside and quickly turned into one of history’s bloodiest Indian Wars. Within five weeks, however, they were defeated, and though many Indian families attempted to flee into the Dakota territory for safety, 1700 Sioux and mixed blood sympathizers were captured. Three hundred or more of these were tried and sentenced to death waiting the final word from President Lincoln. The President’s decision however reflected leniency. On the day after Christmas in 1862, thirty eight Sioux, instead of 300, were hanged at Mankato in a mass execution. The remaining prisoners and their families were banished to what is now South Dakota. Not only did that end the Sioux uprising with the white man but also ended the perpetual struggle between the Mdewakanton and the Ojibway tribes.

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▲ On Feb. 21, 1885, the ▲ On Feb. 23, 1954, a group of children from Arsenal 520 passengers were asphyxiated.

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Elementary School in Pittsburgh receive the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. After mass inoculations began in 1954, everyone marveled at the high success rate -- some 60 percent to 70 percent. ▲ On Feb. 22, 1980, in one of the most dramatic

upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII ▲ On Feb. 20, 1902, the famous Western photographer Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Ansel Adams is born in San Francisco. Adams’ dramatic black and white images of Yosemite and ▲ On Feb. 25, 1862, the U.S. Congress passes the West are some of the most widely recognized and the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper admired photographs of the 20th century. Adams was notes to pay the government’s bills. This ended the dedicated to the use of “straight” images free from long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in darkroom trickery. transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly Civil War. ▲ On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, initiating a controversial World ▲ On March 2, 1944, a train stops in a tunnel near War II policy with lasting consequences for Japanese Salerno, Italy, and more than 500 people on board Americans. The document ordered the removal of suffocate and die. The train’s locomotives were burning resident enemy aliens from parts of the West vaguely low-grade coal substitutes that produced an excess of identified as military areas and into detention camps. odorless and toxic carbon monoxide. Approximately • When Harris landed unhurt, one of the people who helped him celebrate his good luck in Ham Lake was Leslie Irvin, the man who had designed the parachute. (Cont’d next page) • Irvin had been experimenting with parachutes and trying to convince people to use them. Irvin was the first man to voluntarily jump out of a working aircraft with a parachute. He did it to prove that manually operated parachutes could work, and he made his point when he landed with only Fully Equipped Electric Kitchen w/self Cleaning Oven • Washer a broken ankle, when & Dryer • Cable TV and Computer Hook-ups • Individually most people thought he was jumping to his Controlled Central Heating & Air • Community Gathering death. The Air Corps Room with a Golf Course Patio • Exercise Room & Library immediately ordered 300, and Irvin found himself in the parachute business. • When his lawyer filed papers, Irvin's name was misspelled as 'Irving.' Irving Parachutes made Irvin a wealthy man by Independent Living for Seniors the time he reached the age of thirty. • After Harris jumped from his plane, men at McCook CATERPILLAR CLUB Field collected souvenirs of the incident: pieces of the (continued) crashed plane, the used parachute, and photos of Harris next to the wreck. They displayed the items proudly in their tiny museum. A newspaper reporter wrote an A CLUB IS BORN article and suggested that they start a club for people • On October 20, 1922, U.S. Air Corps test pilot Lt. who owed their lives to a parachute, and the Caterpillar Harold Harris walked out to a fighter plane at McCook Club was born. Field in Dayton, Ohio. The plane had been fitted with • It was only a few weeks later when a second man experimental ailerons the previous day and he was to qualified to join the Caterpillar Club. Lt. Tyndall jumped test it. Harris stopped to clip on his parachute, but was for his life when his aircraft's wings tore off. Tyndall annoyed to find that the straps were too tight. He traded volunteered to keep the records of the Caterpillar Club. For the next 17 months Harris and Tyndall were the it for a different one but found that the straps were too only members of the club. But in 1924, a stunt jumper tight on that one as well. He decided to fly without one. dove out of an airplane with six chutes on, intending to After all, no one had yet had their life saved by one open one right after the other in an airshow exhibition. of the new-fangled contraptions. But suddenly Harris The first five failed when they became entangled, and it changed his mind and decided to wear one. was the sixth reserve emergency parachute — an Irvin • In a friendly dogfight with another test pilot, Harris chute — that saved his life. was turning, diving, and zooming when his plane • The first British man to enter the Caterpillar Club suddenly went out of control. He went into a dive and was a man named Scholefield. Two years later he was could not recover. When pieces of the wings started killed when his plane went down while he unfortunately tearing away, Harris jumped. He felt for the ripcord on was not wearing a chute. his parachute and pulled three times. Nothing happened. • S.L.G. Pope bailed out when the rudder gave out. He discovered he'd been pulling his leg strap fitting. He He was only 800 feet (244 m) off the ground when he yanked the ripcord when he was just 500 feet (152 m) jumped. He yanked on the ripcord again and again with off the ground— far too low for a safe jump. The chute no result— then discovered he'd been pulling the string opened, and he drifted down, landing unhurt in a grape holding a pencil to the knee pad that he scribbled flight arbor. Lt. Harold Harris was the first person ever to have data on. He was only 300 feet (91 m) off the ground his life saved in an emergency situation by a manually- when he found the ripcord. The chute opened barely in operated parachute. time to save him. Pope was the first Royal Air Force • Harris was able to refute many myths. Many people pilot whose life was saved by a parachute. His friends felt that a falling human would become unconscious. sent a telegram: "Congratulations. Forwarding clean Others maintained arms and legs would be pinned by pair of pants." the wind or would flail helplessly. Parachute trials were • When World War II hit, the demand for parachutes limited because pilots believed if someone jumped out skyrocketed and Irvin's factory went from a pre-war of a plane, the sudden loss of weight would send the output of 100 parachutes per week to nearly 1,500. Applications for membership in the Caterpillar Club plane into an uncontrollable spin.

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of murdering Dr. Herman Tarnower, the author of the bestselling “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.” Harris claimed that she had been trying to kill herself but that Tarnower was shot when he tried to wrestle the gun away from her. He was shot four times. ▲ On Feb. 28, 1993, at Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas,

agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound as part of an investigation into illegal possession of firearms and explosives by the Christian cult. During an extended gun battle, multiple agents and Branch Davidians were killed or wounded. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. shot up, and at the parachute factory a huge bulletin board held pictures and letters from pilots who owed their lives to Irving Parachutes. By the end of 1943 there were over 27,000 members, with a hundred or more applications arriving daily. One pilot wrote: "I am going to name my son (when I have one) Irvin as it was due to one Irvin in particular that I am alive enough to woo, marry, and get me a son." • Irvin himself witnessed the effectiveness of his parachutes when the crew of an American bomber bailed out near his factory while he was watching. He drove to where they were floating down, and five minutes later the two lucky pilots were in his office being signed up for the club and toasting their luck with the inventor's whisky. • Leslie Irvin agreed to give a gold pin to every person whose life was saved by one of his parachutes. At the end of World War II the number of members with Irvin pins had grown to over 34,000 though the total of people saved by Irvin parachutes is estimated to be 100,000.


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