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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