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Ruth H. Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
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Remember the #Dakota38, hanged in Mankato, MN on Dec 26, 1862, under the orders of President Abraham Lincoln. It is the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Art by Travis Blackbird.
The hanging of the #Dakota38 came at the culmination of the Dakota War, which started because of a treaty broken by Congress. The Dakota people were being starved to death.

“Let then eat grass or their own dung,” Andrew Myrick, a trader & store owner who withheld their rations.
Andrew Myrick was among the first to die. He was found with grass in his mouth. #Dakota38
The accused were subjected to sham trials held in English (a language foreign to them), and they had no legal representation. Many were innocent. They were hanged anyway, on a custom made scaffold, in front of a cheering mob. #Dakota38
Among the hanged, a white adopted by the Dakota and a case of mistaken identity. #Dakota38
Here are the names of those who were hanged unjustly. #Dakota38
Dakota women & children were forced to watch the hanging. One Dakota infant was reportedly snatched from the arms of a mother and killed on sight. #Dakota38
Around 1,700 Dakota, mostly women and children, were held as prisoners at Fort Snelling. Disease & death were rampant. This is Chief Little Crow’s wife and children at Fort Snelling. #Dakota38
Chief Little Crow, a leader during the Dakota War, was later assassinated. His remains were mutilated by townspeople & displayed. They stuffed firecrackers in his nose & ears and lit them. Local doctors eventually took his body parts to study. #Dakota38
Two more Dakota leaders, Shakopee (Little Six) and Medicine Bottle, were later captured and executed. This is why the number is referred to as the #Dakota38+2.
After the hanging of the #Dakota38, the Dakota people were exiled from their stolen homelands in Minnesota. The governor put a bounty on their scalps. The Dakota people were separated and sent to prison camps in other states where the women were raped by soldiers.
This is my ancestor, Chief Wabasha, a Mdewakanton Dakota hereditary Chief. He was exiled to Crow Creek in South Dakota. #Dakota38
Here is a piece I wrote about the #Dakota38 for Bustle. bustle.com/p/the-dakota-s…
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