Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman

Wowinape or Thomas Wakeman (HM1BMK)

Location: Redwood Falls, MN 56283 Redwood County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 33.05', W 95° 5.936'

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(1846 - 1886)

Near this spot lie the remains of Wowinape (Place of Refuge), a survivor of the Dakota War of 1862. Wowinape was the son of Taoyateduta (His Red Nation), known to whites as Little Crow, spokesman and leader of the Dakota in that tragic war. In July, 1863 Wowinape was with his father when he was killed. He fled to Dakota Territory but was captured, tried and sentenced to hang. Reprieved and in a prison camp, he became literate in the Dakota language, a Christian convert, and took the name Thomas Wakeman.

Pardoned in 1866, he went to the Santee Reservation and later homesteaded with other Dakota at the bend of the Big Sioux River in Dakota Territory. Thomas Wakeman married Judith Minnetonka in January, 1874. He farmed and carried the U.S. mail. Impressed by the Y.M.C.A., he worked with friends to found the first Indian chapter at Flandreau, Dakota Territory, on April 27, 1879.

Ill with tuberculosis, he returned to boyhood scenes and died at Redwood Falls, Minnesota on January 13, 1886. In his lifetime, he made a path between the Dakota Indian and Euroamerican worlds.

seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 333283 N 4935198
Decimal Degrees44.55083333, -95.09893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 33.05', W 95° 5.936'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 33' 3.00" N, 95° 5' 56.16" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 499 Teakwood Dr, Redwood Falls MN 56283, US
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