Minnesota wrestles with U.S.-Dakota War 150 years later

150 years later, war’s wounds still cut deep

capturedsioux.jpg Captured Sioux Indians in fenced enclosure on Minnesota River below Fort Snelling.

Photographer: Benjamin Franklin Upton (1818-)

Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection 1862-1863

Star Tribune: “A 150-year-old loop of rope, knotted into a hangman’s noose, sits in a climate-controlled case in the underground archives of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Some say it should be burned, buried or returned to the hands of the Dakota people.

Others argue it should be displayed, like piles of shoes at Holocaust museums, as a powerful artifact to help people confront the grim story of the U.S.-Dakota War, which erupted in Minnesota in 1862 and ended with the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

The noose, and just what to make of it, is one sign of the historical reckoning looming this year as Minnesotans wrestle with how to mark the 150th anniversary of one its ugliest, yet often overlooked, episodes.”

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