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Mobridge, South Dakota: Fool Soldiers Monument

Honors the young Lakota "Fool Soldiers" who risked death by exchanging their food to free several white settlers.

6th St. E., Mobridge, SD
Downtown, on the north side of 6th St. E. at its intersection with Main St.
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Fool Soldiers Monument

Around 40 settlers living on the eastern shore of Lake Sketak were attacked by three bands of Indians on August 20, 1862. Fifteen settlers were killed, and a dozen women and children were captured. Three months later a group of young warriors (known as "Fool Soldiers" because they were pacifists) risked their lives to trade the captives for food and goods. A simple monument marks the spot.

[Ronnie, 01/11/2017]

The Fool Soldiers were Lakota warriors, not pacifists, but they believed that "doing good" was even harder than battle, which motivated them to save the captives.

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