Native Americans

Indians Mark Dakota Hangings

Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged on December 26, 1862 in America's largest mass hanging

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(Reuters)—The day after Christmas will be somber for Dakota Indians marking what they consider a travesty of justice 150 years ago, when 38 of their ancestors were executed in the biggest mass hanging in U.S. history.

Overshadowed by the Civil War raging in the East, the hangings in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862, followed the often overlooked six-week U.S.-Dakota war earlier that year—a war that marked the start of three decades of fighting between Native Americans and the U.S. government across the Plains.