Dakota cross border to a 150-year-old welcome home

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2012 - 9:55 PM

Dakota are welcomed from exile in ceremony at South Dakota-Minnesota line.

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maryreadAug. 17, 1212:25 PM

Welcome home, the Dakota People. I wish I could have been there to welcome you home!

calzonieAug. 17, 12 1:14 PM

This is beyond stupid. Its just another feel-good, but hollow symbolic gathering. Im so sick of hearing about the "poor" Native Americans and all of the harsh things that were done to them 250 years ago. Well its 2012, people..time to move on with our lives.

munsterlandrAug. 17, 12 1:16 PM

Where is the welcome for the Cheyenne, Mandan, and Ojibwa who were here BEFORE the Dakota but were pushed out by the Dakota in the 1700's? The Dakota even used the horses they purchased from the Cheyenne to drive the Cheyenne, Mandan, and Ojibwa their lands in what is now Minnesota.

ganniecaAug. 17, 12 1:50 PM

this is how healing starts. I wish I could have been there also.

bhdanielsAug. 17, 12 1:58 PM

I would like to see the Minnesota delegation to Congress sponsor a bill to repeal that long-outdated ban. It's horrible that such a law was ever passed and unconscionable that it is still on the books in 2012.

CocoLotionAug. 17, 12 2:01 PM

beautiful!! welcome home!!! overlook the hate posters here in the comments. most of us love peace and harmony.

bhdanielsAug. 17, 12 2:05 PM

Beyond stupid?? Calzonie, check your math. The U.S. Dakota war happened in 1862. As you pointed out, this is 2012, which is 150 years later. Not 250 years as you so incorrectly suggested. Do the math. (I'd even venture to say that there are people alive today whose great-grandparents were alive in 1862. Kind of makes history come alive, doesn't it.)

BVMannAug. 17, 12 2:08 PM

munsterlandr - the point isn't about perpetuating hatred - it is about overcoming it & sharing. why the negative post? did you see what the Dakota grandmother said? the cultures must learn to co-exist - not one or the other.

munsterlandrAug. 17, 12 2:12 PM

WHERE is the outrage that the Dakota drove the Cheyenne, Mandan, and Ojibwa out of what is now Minnesota in the 1700's and now expect us to CELEBRATE the Dakota's return to lands they took away from these other tribes in the first place? Where is the outrage?

J_DubyaAug. 17, 12 2:28 PM

Sounds like a beautiful ceremony. When you consider how far our cultures have come in 150 years, it's hard not be a little optimistic about the future of humanity.


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