Dakota To Commemorate Hangings 24 Dec 12

A group of more than a hundred Dakota Indian riders is making its way across Minnesota to commemorate a somber event. The group began its journey in Lower Bule, South Dakota earlier this month, and travelled through Redwood County last week while picking up additional riders at the Upper and Lower Sioux Reservations. The final destination of the more-than 330-mile ride is Mankato on December 26th, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in US history. It was on that day in 1862 that 38 Dakota men were hanged in downtown Mankato following the US-Dakota war. A special ceremony at Mankato’s Reconciliation Park is being planned for that day, and a new memorial will be unveiled. A documentary film on the annual commemorative ride titled “Dakota 38″ can be found on the website YouTube.