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Lecture sheds light on violence against indigenous people

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Ramona Kitto Stately gave a lecture in Viking Theater on the violence perpetrated against Minnesota’s indigenous communities. Titled “Seeing Minnesota’s Indigenous Histories,” her lecture focused on forgotten stories of oppression against the Dakota people after the U.S.-Dakota War and how that persecution affected the surviving families and future generations.

Stately has special reason to be incensed over Minnesota’s treatment of the Dakota people. Not only is she a member of the Santee-Sioux Dakota Nation that lived in Minnesota for over 12,000 years, but her great-great-grandfather was also sentenced to death after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. While he survived due to a commutation of his sentence, the violence wrought against the Dakota people has a certain raw proximity for Stately.


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