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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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oji666bwa writes:

Remember, the Seven Fires Prophecy tells you to not be fooled & to look for evidence along the trail. The Red River Colony was still under Ojibwa rule in 1862. Many whites and Eskimos invaded southern Manitoba during the War of 1812. Ojibwa soldiers stopped them and let them stay. The colony extended all the way to Grand Forks, ND. In August of 1862, Ojibwa leaders negotiated with white leaders about the Red River Colony, at Grand Forks. What followed was that Ojibwa War. Not a Dakota War.


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