Published December 24, 2016
MORTON, MINNESOTA – The Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride is on its last leg of the 2016 ride as it makes its way to Mankato, Minnesota to commemorate the hangings of the 38 Dakota and two others that occurred on December 26, 1862 – one day after Christmas.
On Tuesday, December 26, 2016, the riders will ride on horseback into downtown Mankato at Land of Memories Park for a ceremony.
The Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride began in 2005 as a way to promote reconciliation between American Indians and non-Native people. Other goals of the Memorial Ride include: provide healing from historical trauma; remember and honor the 38 + 2 who were hanged; bring awareness of Dakota history and to promote youth rides and healing.
The hangings were the result of the Dakota War of 1862, which terminated the rights of Dakota people from living in Minnesota at that time. President Abraham Lincoln, the freer of the slaves ironically, ordered their executions.
The Memorial Riders began their long journey from the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota that covered some 330 miles in frigid cold weather through the Great Plains and then into southern Minnesota.
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