Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier
Charles E. FLANDRAU
Context: Dakota War of 1862.
[Basically the promised annuity from sale of their land was late, and people had no food.] 'At a meeting of the Dakota, the U.S. government and local traders, the Dakota representatives asked the representative of the government traders, Andrew Jackson Myrick, to sell them food on credit. His response was said to be, "So far as I am concerned, if they are hungry let them eat grass or their own dung."
On August 18, 1862, Little Crow led a group that attacked the Lower Sioux. Andrew Myrick was among the first who were killed. He was discovered trying to escape through a second-floor window of a building at the agency. Myrick's body later was found [filled with arrows] with grass stuffed into his mouth.'
You wonder how many wars are basically the result of some group not being able to eat. Probably at least half, the rest being to assert national or religious superiority. Can't say if I ever face starvation, I'd be the model of non-violence. Have never been close enough to tell.