Site work began on Thursday for a new memorial honoring the 38 Dakota Indians that were hanged in Mankato in 1862. The new Dakota memorial will be in Reconciliation Park along North Riverfront Drive in Mankato, and will be bronze, stone and fiberglass and include the names of those hanged in the largest mass-execution in US history following the Dakota War. There will also be an interpretive plaque that outlines Blue Earth County’s Dakota War history. The total cost of the Dakota Memorial will be $110,000, and is being funded primarily by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community as well as in-kind support from area businesses. It is slated to be finished before December 26th, the anniversary of the hangings, when a dedication ceremony is planned. A special ceremony involving Native American blessings was held at the site this week as well.