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Remembering the Dakota War

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It's been called a dark past. 150 years ago, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

"After the Dakota Sioux War in 1862 the government banished the Dakotas permanently from Minnesota," said Scott Anderson, a Dakota man.

The war and the hundreds of deaths started a vicious cycle of hate crimes that continued into the 20th century.

"History has healed some of the wounds from 150 years ago, but there's still feelings on both sides that will probably never go away," said Anderson.

That's why a thousand people from across the country gathered Thursday. Friday, they will march from Flandreau to Pipestone to remember and reflect on the sometimes hostile feelings between Native Americans and their neighbors.

"To remember our ancestors, our grandfathers, our grandmothers, all the events that took place 150 years ago."

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