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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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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What a Dead Wolf Looks Like

Nov 05

What a Dead Wolf Looks Like

I am updating my Oct. 15 post here to ask Where the Hell Are All the Dead Wolves? There have been dead deer photos all over, as usual, showing the prowess of hunters who managed to bring down a whitetail with a Winchester. But, weirdly, I have not been able to find ANY photos of any of the 55 wolves the state says were killed by hunters over the weekend in the...

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She Who Bumps into Things, or The Lily of the Mohawks: First Native American Saint

Oct 19

She Who Bumps into Things, or The Lily of the Mohawks: First Native American Saint

On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new Roman Catholic saints, among them the very first American Indian to be raised to sainthood, an Algonquin-Mohawk woman called Kateri Tekakwitha, who has been venerated by Catholics for more than 100 years as “The Lily of the Mohawks.” I’m not sure if the story of Tekakwitha, who died, at 24, in 1680,...

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NCAA Wimps Out on Post-Season Ban of “Fighting Sioux.” Full Surrender Ahead?

Apr 07

NCAA Wimps Out on Post-Season Ban of “Fighting Sioux.” Full Surrender Ahead?

UPDATE: The Hockey Gods, in Their Mercy, have retired North Dakota’s nickname/emblem, for this season, anyway: UND was shut out by the University of Michigan in the semi-finals of The Frozen Four Thursday, losing 2-0 at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul. Michigan goes on to play The University of Minnesota-Duluth for the championship Saturday night. UND goes...

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