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Minnesota Historical Society will return 'Mankato Hanging Rope' to Prairie Island Indian Community

The tribe filed a claim under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and has won its case

The Prairie Island Indian Community soon will be reunited with "Mankato Hanging Rope," an object it claimed was stolen and then donated to the Minnesota Historical Society.

The tribe filed a claim under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) on Feb. 29, requesting the repatriation of the rope which was used in the Dec. 26, 1862, execution of Dakota ancestor Wicanhpi Wastedanpi (Good Little Stars).

Known also as Chaske, the relative might have been executed by mistake and was one of 38 Dakota men hanged following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The rope became part of MNHS' collection in 1869.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-historical-society-will-return-mankato-hanging-rope-to-prairie-island-indian-community/600369427/

 

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