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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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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Minnesota Election Report — From Me to the People of Britain

Oct 17

Minnesota Election Report — From Me to the People of Britain

Here’s my dopey two-minute stand-up U.S. election video for Sky News, the U.K.-based satellite news channel, as part of what the network calls its “50 States Project.” U.S. residents can see my report — which I did for Sky News at my usual international commentary rate of $0 American dollars per minute — and watch any or all of the...

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