The Mankato Free Press reports in "Forgive everyone everything":
Standing in Reconciliation Park, site of the hanging of 38 Dakota men, Arvol Looking Horse spoke of a long journey coming to an end. . . .
“Today, being here to witness a great gathering, we have peace in our hearts — a new beginning of healing,” Looking Horse said.
Under clear skies with temperatures just above zero, 400 to 500 people packed the area around the downtown park as about 60 riders rode in for the nearly two-hour ceremony, which also dedicated a new “Dakota 38” memorial. A group of Dakota runners, who started at Fort Snelling, also arrived during the ceremony. . . .
These are the names that were read today of the Dakota men executed at Mankato 150 years ago, via Dakota Wicohan's Facebook page:
Ti-hdo’-ni-ca (One Who Jealousy Guards His Home)
Ptan Du-ta (Scarlet Otter)
O-ya’-te Ta-wa (His people)
Hin-han’-sun-ko-yag-ma-ni (One who Walks Clothed in Owl Feathers)
Ma-za Bo-mdu (Iron Blower)
Wa-hpe Du-ta (Scarlet Leaf)
Wa-hi’na (I Came)
Sna Ma-hi (Tinkling Walker)
Hda In-yan-ka (Rattling Runner)
Do-wan’-s’a (Sings A Lot)
He-pan (Second Born Male Child)
Sun-ka Ska (White Dog)
Tun-kan’ I-ca’hda Ma-ni (One Who Walks by His Grandfather)
Wa-kin’-yan-na (Little Thunder)
I-te’ Du-ta (Scarlet Face)
Ka-mde’-ca (Broken to Pieces)
He pi’ da (Third Born Male)
Ma-hpi’-ya A-i’-na-zin (Cut Nose)
Cas-ke’-da (First Born)
Ta-te’ Ka-ga (Wind Maker)
He in’-kpa (The Tip of the Horn)
Wa-kan Tan-ka (Great Spirit)
Tun-kan’ Ko-yag I-na’-zin (One Who Stands Cloaked in Stone)
Ma-ka’-ta I-na’ (One Who Stands on Earth)
Ma-za Ku-te Ma-ni (One Who Shoots As He Walks)
Ta-te’ Hdi-da (Wind Comes Home)
Wa-si’-cun (White Man)
A-i’-ca-ge (To Grow Upon)
Ma-hu’-we-hi (He Comes for Me)
Ho-i’-tan-in Ku (Returning Clear Voice)
Ce-tan’ Hun-ka’ (Elder Hawk)
Can-ka-hda (Near the Woods)
Hda’-hin-hde (Sudden Rattle)
O-ya’-te A-ku’ (He Brings the People)
State Rep. Dean Urdahl, who co-chairs a state task force commemorating the Civil War and U.S.-Dakota War, said that while great progress has been made through reconciliation and education, there remains a lack of understanding about what led up to the war and the travails that the Dakota suffered long after the war.
“Through understanding comes a healing that is still continuing today,” Urdahl said.
Bluestem learned about these things as a child, in school and from family, but many Minnesotans, whether indigenous or whose people came from other continents, do not know this history.
For the complete story and more amazing photos by the Free Press's Pat Christman, read "Forgive everyone everything".
Update: Video of the reading of the names, by a Dakota speaker.
Photo: Dakota riders make their way down Riverfront Drive toward Reconciliation Park before a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the hanging of 38 Dakota in Mankato. Photo by Pat Christiman From "Forgive everyone everything".