Dakota 38 Honored in Reconciliation Park

Dakota 38 Honored in Reconciliation Park


To commemorate the largest mass execution in United States history Dakota people gathered in Reconciliation Park in Mankato, Minnesota the morning of December 26, 2012. In 1862, the park was the site where 38 Dakota men were hanged—now it’s a site of healing.

The Dakota Wokiksuye Memorial Ride reached its destination on that day as well. They endured 330-miles through the cold, harsh temperatures to honor the men who died 150 years ago at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

A new memorial sculpture was dedicated that day. It was the vision of Vernell Wabasha, wife of Chief Ernest Wabasha, hereditary chief of the Mdewakanton Dakota Nation. The sculpture, designed by Martin and Linda Bernard, looks like buckskin stretched on poles and lists the names of the 38 men who died that day in Mankato. It also has a poem by Katherine Hughes and a prayer by the late Dakota elder Eli Taylor.

To read more about the ceremony and following banquet, visit the Twin Cities Daily Planet website.

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