Dakota State University holds events to remember Dakota 38

As the holiday season falls quickly upon us, another day of reconciliation and hope emerges after the Christmas holiday as well. December 26 marks the date that 38 Dakota people were taken to Mankato, Minn. where they were hanged, the order signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Since 2005, riders have made the long, cold trek to Mankato as part of the Dakota 38, a ride of remembrance for those that were hanged over 150 years ago.

In honor of this day, DSU plans to hold two events for the Dakota 38. On Saturday, December 7, a screening of the documentary film Dakota 38 by Smooth Feather Productions will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Mundt Foundation and Archives (lower level of the Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons).

Special guests Perry Little, Dakota 38 Eagle Staff Carrier, and John Beheler, the Executive Director of Dakota Indian Foundation, will be on hand to answer questions and provide insights on the history of the Dakota 38 and the ride itself.

A donation of food will also be gathered for the Dakota 38 rider’s needs including energy bars, granola, “Tanka” products, beef jerky, Gatorade-type drinks, hot cocoa mix and other healthy options.

On Saturday, December 14, DSU and host Dr. David Borofsky, President, welcome the Dakota 38 + 2 riders and guests for a community gathering and program at 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Trojan Center Underground. The community is invited to a meet and greet with the riders during this time with a buffet provided.

Yankton Sioux Lakota artist Jerry Fogg will be there to share his work and provide insight in regards to the Dakota 38 and the impact it has on his work.

Both events are free and open to the public. Film content is considered appropriate for mature audiences (14 years and older). These events are made possible by the Madison Public Library, Friends of the Madison Public Library, DSU, DSU Diversity Services, Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons, The Mundt Foundation and the Madison Area Arts Council.

Please contact Jennifer Aranda for more information, Jennifer.aranda@dsu.edu or 605-256-7347.

Last Updated: 12/3/13