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Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
February 14, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy photo - A young Dr. Valentine T. M’Gillycuddy. Because of his ‘extraordinary’ mustache and VanDyke, the Sioux called him “Putin hi chikala” (Little Whiskers)

Born in Racine, Wis. on Feb. 14, 1849, to Irish immigrant parents, Valentine Trant M’Gillycuddy would become one of the wests most notable military surgeons, government agent of the Pine Ridge, Sioux Reservation and influential statesmen. At the young age of twenty years, he graduated from Detroit Medical School and a year later became an instructor at the college.

Teaching apparently did not suit him and so he took a job with the...

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