Governor Walz makes historic apology for 1862 mass hanging in Mankato

Pictured: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride and Run, December 26, 2019.(Photo: Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan)

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Building on Governor Dayton’s historic actions in 2012, Governor Walz apologizes to Dakota nation

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Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

On Thursday, December 26, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan participated in the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride and Run. The Dakota 38 execution is the largest mass execution in the United States and took place on December 26, 1862. Every year the horseback ride honors 38 Dakota Warriors who were hung in Mankato MN in 1862. The ride and run also honors the two Dakota Chiefs, Medicine Bottle and Shakopee who were also hanged in 1864 in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Pictured: Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan speaks at the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride and Run, December 26, 2019.
Pictured: Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan speaks at the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride and Run, December 26, 2019.(Photo: Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan)

“On behalf of the people of Minnesota and as governor, I express my deepest condolences for what happened here, and our deepest apologies for what happened to the Dakota people,” Governor Walz said. “This memorial ride is an important time to acknowledge the wrongs that have been done and recommit ourselves to accountability and healing. Working together in common good is our goal.”

“The Dakota 38 + 2 memorial ride and run is a time for reflection and to acknowledge the atrocities that have been committed on the very land we stand upon,” Lieutenant Governor Flanagan said. “While we can’t undo over 150 years of trauma inflicted on Native people at the hands of state government, we can work to do everything possible to ensure that Native people are seen, heard, and valued today.”

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(Photo: Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan)
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