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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Bill McKibben and 350.org are encouraging colleges to divest from fossil fuel companies — much as academic institutions divested from supporting the South African government under apartheid in the 1980s. Continue Reading →
When asked questions they won’t answer, Milwaukee police apparently try to intimidate a reporter and protester by aiming a video camera at them Continue Reading →
Retired police detective Jacqueline Barber, a cancer patient who has teamed up with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, traveled north to Minneapolis this week to confront Minnesota-based US Bank. Continue Reading →
People fighting against police brutality in Milwaukee have been promised a meeting with the city’s mayor to discuss the death of a Derek Williams who died while in police custody. Continue Reading →
Milwaukee police were inching closer and closer to activists who linked arms in the middle of a street and were refusing to budge. The activists were calling for an end to police brutality. Continue Reading →
Senate Tax Committee Chair Rod Skoe says moving towards “ability to pay” is the goal in revising Minnesota’s tax code. Continue Reading →
Two recounts, no fraud and nearly three million votes in Minnesota’s 2012 election. Continue Reading →
Hours after Hillary Clinton and Mohammed Morsi announced a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Twin Cities activists marched the Lake Street Bridge to express solidarity with Palestinians. Continue Reading →
More than 50 community members gathered for a rally and march in Milwaukee to demand an end to police brutality and in remembrance of two men who died while in police custody. Continue Reading →
St. Paul foreclosed home owner gets settlement offer from Freddie Mac with an offer to let her stay in her house.
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The public will be heard before the jet noise gets any louder around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Continue Reading →
Do endorsements count? We’ll let you decide as Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson has given The UpTake a rousing endorsement for our always on political coverage of the Minnesota legislature. Continue Reading →
Rick Nolan prepares to go back to Congress and wants the Senate to pass portions of a proposal the man he just defeated authored. Continue Reading →
Minnesota’s Dakota tribe commemorates the 150th anniversary of their 150-mile “trail of tears” forced march out of their ancestral land in 1862. Continue Reading →
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 →
Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of the global grassroots climate activist movement 350.org, kicked off the “Do The Math” tour Wednesday before over 2,000 people at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Continue Reading →
Nick Coleman offers his take on what the 2012 on the real meaning of Minnesota’s 2012 election and what both parties should learn from it. Continue Reading →
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers talks about last night’s election losses that will put Republicans in the minority for the upcoming 2013 legislative session. Continue Reading →
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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House Minority Leader Paul Thissen is introduced as the next speaker of the Minnesota House. Democrats (DFL) won a majority of the seats in the Minnesota House and Senate in Tuesday’s election, wresting control of the legislature from Republicans.
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