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Dakota 38 commemorating the 150th Anniversary

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Dec, 26 2012 is the 150th Anniversary

Of the largest mass hanging execution in the history of the U.S. The following year 2 more Dakota men were hanged from a single scaffold in Mankato, MN.

Every year since 2008 40 riders go by horseback from Pine Ridge, South Dakota  to Mankato, Minnesota.  To represent the riders who were forced to make that ride to their ends to commemorate the executions of Dec. 26, 1862.

A documentary film was released in 2011 to tell their story and to explain the history behind the Dakota 38, lest we never forget. The film is freely available here: 


Please watch the film and join hosts Mimi Red Elk, MC and Standin Bear to discuss the history, the ride and the Idle No More movement. 

The U.S.-Dakota War played out along several all-too-familiar themes of U.S. history: broken treaties and unfulfilled promises. The war started in August of 1862 and when it was over six weeks later, hundreds of Indians, settlers and soldiers were dead along the Minnesota River valley.

-Native Times Dec. 25th, 2012


Unless we know history, we are doomed to repeat the past.  Dec. 26, 1862 Dakota 38 + 2, you are not forgotten.