ND Native Americans apologize to legislator for slaying of his great-great grandfather

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota state Sen. Raymon Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, wears a quilt given to him in the North Dakota Capitol’s Memorial Hall in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, as part of a ceremony held to apologize to Holmberg for the slaying of his great-great grandfather in Minnesota during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Holmberg said his great-great grandfather, Gulbrand Palmeson, had been fishing when he was attacked by a group of Dakota Indians during the war, which broke out in part because of Indian anger about broken treaties, the encroachment of white settlers on their homelands and the withholding of food by government agents during a tough winter.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • JW-American

    That’s a neat story, BUTT, (but) but the real Native American story on the GPN site is how they have their hands out for more jobs, and job training, which the winnys in the legislature will just hand over. How about getting something in return, like PHOTO ID for voting and Public services on the Rez? wouldn’t that be a neat idea, find out who is actually voting or receiving the services. That would be a damn good start. Then how about granting voting judges on the reservations. Maybe Jimmy Carter or the UN?? I find it hard to believe the election results from the reservations last Nov.

  • kevindf

    Holmberg’s fat pension should be compensation enough. When is Ray going to apologize for that?

  • camsaure

    That Sioux uprising was sort of justified, except they took it way to far by killing so many innocents. The Indian agent who told them to “eat grass” got his just reward. (I would bet he was a Democrat)