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What we lose when we forget Native American history


In 1862, 38 men of the Dakota Native American tribe were hanged in what’s been described as the largest mass execution in U.S. history. President Lincoln ordered the killings after the Santee Sioux uprising the previous summer left 490 white settlers dead.

Now, more than 150 years later, Lisa Yankton, a Minneapolis-based poet and member of the Dakota tribe, fears this history will be forgotten. So she’s retelling it through her poetry.


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