Ernest Wabasha: The Burden of History

May 05

Ernest Wabasha: The Burden of History

I was 30 years old, a journalist with a passing knowledge of Indian history. Yet it had never occurred to me, until I came across the name of Ernest Wabasha one day, that people still lived among us who were connected to the terrible events of 1862-63, the time of the so-called “Sioux Uprising” and the exile and banishment of the Dakota Sioux from their homeland....

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150 Years After America’s Largest Mass Execution, the Quest for Healing Continues

Dec 27

150 Years After America’s Largest Mass Execution, the Quest for Healing Continues

      HONORING THE 38 I took this video as about 100 Dakota Indian riders arrived in Mankato, MN on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, to honor the 38 Dakota warriors hanged in Mankato 150 years earlier — Dec. 26, 1862 — in America’s largest mass execution. The riders began their arduous 340-mile journey on Dec. 10 at Lower Brule, South Dakota...

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Minnesota Sesquicentennial of Hate: The Hanging of the 38 on Dec. 26, 1862

Dec 26

Minnesota Sesquicentennial of Hate: The Hanging of the 38 on Dec. 26, 1862

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the most terrible event in Minnesota’s history: The mass execution in Mankato of 38 Dakota Indians that followed the war between the Dakota Sioux tribes and the new state government. Revenge and rage drove the flawed legal proceedings behind the kangaroo-court convictions of 303 Indians who surrendered after the U.S.-...

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Survival: Proud Descendants of The Exiled

Nov 14

Survival: Proud Descendants of The Exiled

A pair of bald eagles floated high above the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers Tuesday as a line of Dakota Indians, following in the footsteps of their exiled ancestors, rounded a highway curve in Mendota and marched towards Fort Snelling. And towards a spiritual healing of Minnesota’s most painful chapters — the executions, imprisonments...

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History Mystery: HERE WERE HANGED 38 SIOUX INDIANS

Apr 10

History Mystery: HERE WERE HANGED                                     38 SIOUX INDIANS

A  mystery popped up last week, one that serves as a metaphor for the difficulty Minnesota faces — in this 150th anniversary year — in acknowledging the Dakota War of 1862 and its aftermath of racism, retribution and white triumphalism. A large monument that noted the spot along the Minnesota River where 38 Dakota warriors were hanged on the day after...

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MINNESOTA in the CIVIL WAR — “The Saviors of Kentucky”

Jan 20

MINNESOTA in the CIVIL WAR — “The Saviors of Kentucky”

  “… they (the 2nd Minnesota Volunteers) were presented with a beautiful silk banner, presented by the Loyal Ladies of Louisville, after the regiment had helped win the Battle of Mill Springs and had become known as the ‘Saviors of Kentucky’…” — from the following piece, written by Darryl Sannes, of: The Minnesota Civil...

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