‘Dakota 38’ Plays at North Dakota Heritage Center

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The North Dakota Heritage Center is showing the film Dakota 38, to mark a dark day in American history.

On December 26th, more than 150 years ago, the largest mass execution by the American government was carried out.

President Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota men to be hanged in Minnesota.

The movie depicts the more than 300 mile route a Vietnam veteran, along with descendants of the 38 men, took on horseback from South Dakota to Minnesota to honor the men who died.

And along the way, promoted understanding and reconciliation between Native Americans and the white population.

“The internal part of the story has to do with reconciliation, people getting along after terrible events and so I think that it’s a value today, as much as it was when it was first shown,” Erik Holland, North Dakota Heritage Center says.

This was the fifth year the Heritage Center has played the documentary for the public.

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