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January 20, 2013

Somber Dakota roundtable talk: ‘There’s more to do’



Nunpa talked of his youth, of being “saved” by a variety of Christian missionaries. “In the 1940s I was saved three summers in a row ... Sprinkled, sprayed and dunked,” he said of the various baptisms.

In the 1970s, he said, he began to “de-colonize my mind” and return to ancient Dakota practices and beliefs.

Saying there needs to be “truth telling,” Nunpa said whites should recognize that their Minnesota ancestors acted in ways similar to Hitler, even being a model for Hitler.

He noted the $200 bounties put on the scalps of Dakota following the war and the holding of non-combatant Dakota in camps at Fort Snelling without charges.

“What kind of people do that?”

Nunpa said Hitler said to his inner circle several times that he admired the efficiency of the U.S. genocide against native Americans.

“The U.S. set the example for the worst butchers of the 20th century. Minnesota helped teach the world how to deal with people you don’t like,” Nunpa said.

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