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Translated Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelver With contributions from Dakota Goodhouse and Richard Rothaus

The Dakota War (1862-1864) ranks among the most overlooked conflicts in American History. Contemporary with the American Civil War, the Dakota War featured significant fighting, tactical brilliance, and strategic savvy set in the open landscape of the Northern Plains in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Karl Jakob Starstein’s The War with the Sioux tells the story of the Norwegian immigrants, American soldiers, and Lakota and Dakota Indians as they sought to protect their ways of life. Translated from Norwegian and supplemented with new introductions by Melissa Gjellstad, Richard Rothaus, and Dakota Goodhouse, this work draws upon newly studied sources in Norwegian for life on the Northern Plains during these tumultuous years. Skarstein’s work makes an important, new contribution to the growing body of scholarship on this conflict and offers an accessible and surprisingly intimate view of the conflict from the perspective of Norwegian settlers in the region.



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Chronological Subjects

1800 - 1899

Geographic Subjects

Minnesota; North Dakota


The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota


Grand Forks, ND


Indian Wars (Dakota : 1862-1865); Dakota Indians; Frontier and pioneer life; Norwegian Americans; Personal narratives

Personal Subjects

Skarstein, Karl Jakob. Krigen mot siouxene

The War with the Sioux