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Palestine Supporters Confront Sen. Franken In Tense Phone Call

Palestine Supporters Confront Franken On Phone

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. What followed was a polite but tense conversation between the group and the Senator. Continue Reading →

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Students, Faculty Protest $150K Pay Day For “War Criminal” Condoleezza Rice At U

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The University of Minnesota apparently has a short and incomplete memory of Condoleezza Rice’s role as national security advisor and Secretary of State in the Administration of President George W. Bush. The U is paying Rice $150,000 to speak on campus Thursday, but nowhere in the U’s glowing description of Rice and her contributions can one find a hint of what Ms. Rice actually did while in power. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley tells the UpTake what we should remember about Condi Rice. (More…) Continue Reading →

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“We Are Here:” Native American Artists Explore Pain of the Dakota War of 1862

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According to tradition, “We Are Here” is what each of the 38 Dakota Indian warriors who were hanged on the day after Christmas in 1862 said as the nooses were placed around their necks. “We Are Here” is also the title of an exhibit on view at the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Native American artists comment on the events and aftermath of the U.S-Dakota War in the form of contemporary painting, sculpture and traditional works. Continue Reading →

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Healing Minnesota’s Deepest Wound: Pardoning a Dakota Warrior

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After the US-Dakota War of 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged in the largest mass execution in US history. Many believe the execution was also one of the largest miscarriages of justice in the nation’s history. Today, Representative Dean Urdahl hopes to “rub a little salve in the wound” by seeking a pardon for one of the executed warriors. His name was Chaska. Continue Reading →

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