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Dr. Charles Eastman: A Dakota's Conflicted Take on Christianity

Dr. Charles Eastman was truly remarkable. Born in 1858, into a traditional Dakota way of life, in what is now commonly called Minnesota, as a teenager he later entered the white man’s world where he converted to Christianity, just as his father had. Eastman excelled in the white man’s school system, attended Boston University and eventually became a medical doctor. He was, by a cruel twist of fate, the attending physician of the wounded and dying victims of the Wounded Knee massacre who were transported to Pine Ridge on the Pine Ridge Reservation.



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