Very few of us have heard of the US-Dakota War. It happened 150 years ago and ended with 38 Indians being hanged on December 26, 1862. Then it was erased from memory, for whites but not for the Dakota who stayed away from the scene of the horror, Mankato, Minnesota. But on December 26, 2012 a new monument was erected in a moving dedication ceremony. Mankato’s Bud Lawrence got the ball rolling for reconciliation  back in 1972 tells us about the war, the tragedy, and the hope.

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