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Dakota Spoken Here: Mni Sota’s Dakota Indian Heritage

Up for A Minnesota Book Award Saturday: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota

Editor’s note: “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” was the winner in the Minnesota category of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards, which were announced Saturday. Congratulations to authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. — updated Sunday, April 14 at 8:07 a.m.

One hundred and fifty years after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the story of the Dakota Indian people is still connected to a troubled history of broken treaties and brutal repression that followed the war. But there is another deeper and older history: That of the Dakota people and their connection to the land of “Mni Sota Makoce,” the place where the water reflects the clouds in the sky. Minnesota is a Dakota place. Continue Reading →

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150 Years After America’s Largest Mass Execution: Minnesota and its Dakota Indians Still Search for Healing

Riders from the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride arrive in downtown Mankato on December 26, 2012, for a ceremony at Reconciliation Park to commemorate the execution of thirty-eight Dakota warriors on the day after Christmas in 1862. The ride left Lower Brule, South Dakota on December 10, and made fourteen stops along the 340 mile ride to Mankato.

A two-week journey from South Dakota ends in Mankato, Minnesota to mark the 150th anniversary of the largest execution in the United States where 38 Dakota (Sioux) Indian men were hanged for their involvement in the Dakota-US War of 1862. Continue Reading →

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2012 Homeless Memorial: Remembering Minnesotans Who Died on the Street

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Every year, a silent march and vigil is held to honor those who died while living on the streets of Minnesota. More than 250 names were read at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Minneapolis during the memorial’s 28th year in existence. Continue Reading →

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

Click on Jim Denomie's Painting to hear more about the exhibit

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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The UpTake wins recognition, support from prestigious Freedom of the Press Foundation

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The UpTake has been selected by a prestigious new foundation promoting press freedom as one of the first four independent organizations to receive help crowd-funding journalism that brings transparency to government and demands accountability of those in power. Continue Reading →

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Milwaukee Rally Calls On Obama To Stop Deporting, Separating Families

Click on photo to watch videos from immigration reform rally in Milwaukee

Dozens of activists gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in Milwaukee Thursday afternoon to call on President Obama and a newly elected Congress to make real changes to federal immigration and deportation policy. Continue Reading →

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MN “Restriction” Amendments Defeated

A couple hugged for joy at the defeat of the marriage restriction amendment. Click photo to watch videos.

Two proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments aimed at boosting the Republican turnout backfired horribly on Tuesday night. Not only did they both lose, but they may have inspired a large Democratic turnout that swept Republicans out of power in both chambers of the legislature.
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