|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1862|
Blue Earth County
A Dakota warrior who fought in the US-Dakota War of 1862. Alternate meanings and spellings of his name include "Walks Clothed in an Owl's Tail" or "Walks Clothed with an Owl's Tail"; Hinhan shoon koyag mane, Hin-han-shoon-ko-yag-man-ne, and Hinhansunkoyagmani. His name was pronounced Hin-han-shoon-ko-yag-ma-ne. He was the nephew of Passing Hail.
He was one of 38 Dakota men condemned to death for their role in the war, which resulted in the deaths of about 70 US soldiers and more than 500 civilians who were mostly young men, women, and children. At the close of the war, he was among the more than 300 Dakota men who surrendered to General Henry Sibley and his troops at Camp Release. Sibley organized a military commission to conduct trials of the Dakota men who had surrendered.
Hinhan Sunkoyagmani's trial took place on Oct. 5, 1862 at Camp Release. He was convicted on the testimony of Mrs. Alexander Hunter, who had witnessed the killing of her husband on Aug. 19, 1862. A Dakota man named Wakinyanwaste ("Good Thunder") was also a witness at his trial. During his trial, Hinhan Sunkoyagmani denid that he had killed Mr. Hunter:
Defendant: The charge is not true. I was in the battle at Fort Ridgely. Didn't kill anybody. I was in the battle of Birch Coolie. A great many shots were fired, but I don't know that I shot any. I was in the last battle at Wood Lake. The Indians said if I didn't go they would kill me. I don't remember of killing white man. That's all I have to say. I did not kill Mr. Hunter nor was I one of two who delivered Mrs. Hunter to Makewashtay [Good Thunder].
Mrs. Hunter testified: I know this Indian. I have seen him before. I saw him about 2 miles below the agency, where my husband was killed. My husband and myself were the only ones in our party. The Indian was alone. We were fleeing from the Indians towards the Fort walking. The Indian met us and shot my husband in the heart. He was within 3 feet of us. He took out his knife to cut my husband's throat, but I begged him to desist and he desisted. He took me prisoner and carried me toward Little Crow's village when this man [Good Thunder] took me from him and carried me to my mother. I am sure the prisoner is the man.
Wakinyanwaste [Good Thunder] simply testified that he knew the prisoner and saw him with Mrs. Hunter: I know the prisoner. I met the prisoner with Mrs. Hunter at the time she said she lost her husband going towards Little Crow's village.
Mrs. Hunter's testimony against him was strong. The military commission found Hinhan Sunkoyagmani guilty of the murder of her husband and of participating "in the murders and massacre committed at various times and places in the Minnesota Frontier between the 19th day of August 1862 and the 28th day of September 1862".
Chomsky, Carol. The United States-Dakota War Trials: A Study in Military Injustice, Stanford Law Review, 43 Stan. L. Rev. 13, Nov. 1990.
Isch, John. The Dakota Trials, Including the Complete Transcripts and Explanatory Notes on the Military Commission Trials in Minnesota, 1862-1864, pages 45-46.
Heard, Isaac V. D. and Whipple, Henry Benjamin. "History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863."
Whiting and Ruggles Report, Case No. 6. Hin-han-shoon-ko-yag-ma-ne. Convicted of the murder of Alexander Hunter, and of having taken and held Mrs. Hunter a prisoner until she was rescued from him by another Indian.
Dakota (Sioux) Memorial - 1862
Blue Earth County
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Record added: Feb 06, 2010
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