We joined approximately 500 other folks in Mankato for the dedication of a new memorial in Reconciliation Park in honor of the 38 plus 2 Dakota that were hanged on December 26, 1862 (150 years ago) following the Dakota conflict. 303 Dakota were sentenced to die, Lincoln pardoned 265. This remains the largest mass execution in U.S. history. It was a very moving experience.
One may watch or order the DVD, "Dakota 38" here. http://smoothfeather.org/dakota38/
My Youtube video of the memorial is here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61nOeBiIGSU
Lots of info about the conflict here. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/dakota/dakota.html
and here http://www.usdakotawar.org
more info here including book lists http://www.dakotavictims1862.com/Family_and_Friends_of_Dakota_Uprising/Family_and_Friends_of_Dakota_Uprising_Victims.html
These riders set out from Lower Brule South Dakota on December 10th.