Where I live, there are places told to me where the Ojibway and Dakota battled. There is even two towns that carry the names–one is a narrows and the other is a lookout spot. One elder even mentioned a battle that took place where a bridge is now–it’s where she wanted to offer tobacco, she told her granddaughter.
John Tanner, in his book the Falcon, even documented these battles.
Currently, I’m reading a book by James A. M. Ritchie, who formerly worked as a community development researcher, electronic and print media journalist, native policy analyst and consultant, and town archivist.
There are four volumes in Mr. Ritchie’s books:
- The Dakota/Ojibway War: Volume 1 – Origins of the War to 1870
- The Dakota-Ojibway War: Volume II – Seven Years War to War of 1812
- The Dakota-Ojibway War: Volume III – the Old Northwest 1803 to 1840
- The Dakota-Ojibway War: Volume IV – 1840 to 1870
I recently purchased Volume I, and I must say I’m really enjoying what he’s researched. He’s dug deep through papers, books, historians, translators, elders, and too many others to list. In the books, he cites the documents he used for research and also supplies his own narratives and maps.
The books are available through Amazon.ca. If you get the chance, give them a read. They’re worth every penny.