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December 26, 2012

150th Anniversary of Mankato Executions

Filed under: History, Native American — Alison Aten @ 11:40 am

The Crow is to Die For! by Dwayne Wilcox from Ded Unk’unpi—We Are Here

One hundred and fifty years ago today, 38 Dakota men were executed in Mankato for their alleged participation in the U.S-Dakota War of 1862. This was the largest official mass execution in American history.

You can learn more about the war and its aftermath at the Minnesota Historical Society’s website. The following recent articles and posts examine today’s significance and how the anniversary is being commemorated in Minnesota, South Dakota and  Nebraska.

Collections Up Close Item of the Day: Anniversary of Mankato Execution
Ded Unk’unpi-We Are Here Art Exhibit at The Hill House

Indian Country Today: Minnesota Works on Forgiving But Not Forgetting Its Native History

Reuters: Dakota Indians Mark Hangings of 1862 With Trek on Horseback

Star Tribune: Dakota People in Santee to Honor 150th Anniversary of Mass Execution with Daylong Memorial

Pioneer Press: Dakota War: 150th Anniversary of Mass Execution Leaves Unhealed Wounds

Grand Forks Herald: Today Marks Anniversary of Dakota War Hangings

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