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“Dakota 38” documentary to be shown
12 December 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) – In a few weeks, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U. S. history will be remembered. On the day-after Christmas in 1862, thirty-eight men from Dakota tribes in Minnesota were hanged by an order from President Abraham Lincoln.

The shock from that ruthless act of retribution at Mankato, Minnesota remains in the hearts of Dakota people today and echoes through the years in a new documentary video to be shown at two local colleges this week.

United Tribes Technical College and Bismarck State College will present showings of the contemporary production “Dakota 38.”

The United Tribes showing is set for Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Healing Room of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. At BSC it is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, December 5 in the college’s Basin Auditorium. Both are open to the public; there is no admission charge.

“Dakota 38” introduces the emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual challenges for Dakota horse riders participating in a 16-day memorial ride from Lower Brule, South Dakota to the site of the mass hangings at Mankato. The story line also chronicles the six-week conflict in 1862 involving settlers, frontier militia and tribal people, the hangings, and the subsequent relocation of Dakota survivors onto the plains of Dakota Territory.

“This video production is very well done,” says Dr. Phil Baird, United Tribes VP Academic, Career and Technical Education. “Ultimately it brings a variety of positive messages about multi-cultural healing among all people.” The video will be introduced by Baird.

The 2012 Dakota 38 Memorial Ride is scheduled to begin on December 10. For more information visit http://www.dakota382008.com/.

For more information about the video showings: Dr. Phil Baird 701-255-3285 x 1201, pbaird@uttc.edu, or 701-224-5428


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