RED FAWN FALLIS FOUND LOVE AND PURPOSE ON A DAKOTA PRAIRIE. SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD SAVE HER LIFE. INSTEAD, SHE WENT TO PRISON.
By Elizabeth Flock
A statue of a pioneer family stands in front of the state capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota. A mother cradles a baby, a son leans against a wagon wheel, and a father peers into the distance. The monument represents the settlers who built lives on the banks of the Missouri River after staking their claim to land occupied for centuries by the Mandan Indian tribe. The descendants of white pioneers now spend their days in Bismarck’s banks and office buildings, pool halls and bingo parlors, Chinese buffets and five-and-dimes. Americana is ubiquitous here. Many trucks and Harley-Davidsons cruising the city’s streets are emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes.