Black and white photograph of Andre Balcombe, 1858.

St. Andre Durand Balcombe of Winona, Ho-Chunk Indian Agent

Andre Balcombe, 1858. Balcombe served as the Ho-Chunk's Indian agent during their last years at Blue Earth. He was accused of corruption and evidence suggests he took the job for monetary gain.

Black and white photograph of the Ho-Chunk leader Baptiste Lasallier wearing a mix of American Indian and Euro-American clothing, c.1855.

Baptiste Lasallier, Ho-Chunk leader

Black and white photograph of the Ho-Chunk leader Baptiste Lasallier wearing a mix of American Indian and Euro-American clothing, c.1855. After the treaty of 1859 the U.S. government recognized Lasallier as the "head chief" of the Ho-Chunk at Blue Earth.

Black and white photo print of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) leader Baptiste Lasallier (center) with Indian Agent Charles H. Mix (right) and an Indian supply merchant from New York (left), 1857.

Baptiste Lasallier, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) leader, with Charles H. Mix, Indian agent, and an Indian supply merchant from New York

Black and white photo print of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) leader Baptiste Lasallier (center) with Indian Agent Charles H. Mix (right) and an Indian supply merchant from New York (left), 1857.

Black and white photo print of Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian Agency, c. 1860.

Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian Agency on the Owatonna Road near Mankato

Black-and-white photo print of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian Agency, c.1860.

Ho-Chunk and Blue Earth, 1855–1863

In 1855, a federal treaty moved the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people from their reservation near Long Prairie to a site along the Blue Earth River. The Ho-Chunk farmed the area's rich soil with some success, but drew the hostility of white neighbors who wanted the land for themselves. Though they did not participate in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, they were exiled from Minnesota during the conflict's aftermath.

Black and white photograph of Ho-Chunk leader Little Hill, who was one of his people's leading orators, c.1865.

Little Hill, Ho-Chunk leader

Ho-Chunk leader Little Hill was one of his people's leading orators, c.1865.

Black and white photograph of Ho-Chunk leader, Winneshiek II, c.1865.

Winneshiek II, Ho-Chunk leader

Ho-Chunk leader, Winneshiek II, c.1865.

Black and white photograph of Winneshiek II (second from left) and other Ho-Chunk leaders, c.1865.

Winneshiek II (second from left) and other Ho-Chunk leaders

Winneshiek II (second from left) and other Ho-Chunk leaders, at Fort Snelling, c.1865. The man third from the left is thought to be Waukon Decorah, a leader in Ho-Chunk diplomatic relations with the United States.

Black and white photograph of Henry Mower Rice, 1863.

Henry Mower Rice

Henry Mower Rice, 1863. Rice was deeply involved in the Ho-Chunk removal to Long Prairie. Though trusted by many Ho-Chunk, he used their situation for political and monetary gain.

Baptiste Lasallier, Ho-Chunk leader with Charles Mix, Indian Agent, and a trade merchant, 1857.

Baptiste Lasallier, Ho-Chunk leader with traders

Baptiste Lasallier, Ho-Chunk leader with Charles Mix, Indian Agent, and a trade merchant, 1857.

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