Dancing Feet

For the past several years, Dakota of Minnesota have gathered for a weekend of education, reconciliation, and dancing in Winona. This year’s Great Dakota Gathering takes on extra significance as 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dakota conflict, a tragic series of events that left several hundred settlers dead, 38 Dakota hanged, and most Dakota (and Ho Chunk) banished from Minnesota to desolate reservations further west. The weekend offers an opportunity to learn about Dakota culture and about a conflict that had wide-ranging repercussions on US history.

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