Dakota 38

For those of you still swept up in the conversation about the movie Lincoln and the story of the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, I have another film that merits your attention.

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4 thoughts on “Dakota 38

  1. Great second feature. Bummer lives close to the Brule and spent time at Pine Ridge with Russell
    many moons ago. Again, thanks for sharing.

    Bummer

  2. Long ago in another lifetime, after college, I worked a summer in the Mankato, MN area. I remember seeing the marker. In more recent years I learned the more complete story of what happened back then in the Minnesota River valley. A very, very sad occasion and a black mark on the history of that time..

  3. The 1862 “war” is a very tricky event to navigate. The causes were pretty clear – an abusive federal policy towards the Dakota which allowed plenty of room for cheating them, etc. That they rose up was hardly surprising. As in any “war”, of course, even on the side that was justified in resisting some of the partcipants done wrong. So it was here, as unarmed women and children were murdered. Lincoln’s winnowing the number of executions down to 38 was a crude attempt to recognize this. Doubtless some innocent, but also some guilty were in that group. I say this as somebody with no Dakota connections, but with ties to the Eastern Shoshones, whose great leader Chief Washakie tried to steer a course of peace in the face of inevitability. In the “big picture” this film drives home what was wrong about our treatment of a group of Americans who deserved better.

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