Local Talk for Friday, December 30, 2022 started with a summary of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.
The Dakota 38 +2 Memorial Ride is a memorial to 38 Dakota men that were hung on December 26, 1862 on the city square of Mankato, Minnesota. Jim Hallum, tribal elder from Santee, Nebraska provides background to this honoring of those that died. The convictions and hangings of the Dakota 38 resulted from the aftermath of the US-Dakota War of 1862 in Southwest Minnesota. In addition to the 38 men hanged, there were two chiefs extradited from Canada that were hung in 1864. Their crime was the aftermath of what resulted when a warehouse of food was broken into to feed a starving people. Terrible injustices were committed against 265 others in the form of military convictions and more than 3,000 Dakota people were held captive, then were forced to march west to the territory of South Dakota. To this day Dakota people are considered exiled from their homeland of Minnesota. Here’s a native man’s story about a trail ride to commemorate the 38 plus two Dakota men that were hung in 1862. The 330 mile trail ride ended December 26. Jim Hallum, tribal elder from Santee, Nebraska provides background to this important honoring of those that died.