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Riders in the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride prepare to take off Dec. 12 toward Woonsocket, S.D. The ride started at the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation and will end Tuesday in Mankato. Forum Communications photo/Chris Huber

The end of an 1862 war sends 38 Indians to the gallows; 150 years later, memorial riders trying to heal the wound

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They were Dakota warriors. They met their fates with courage 150 years ago. The 38 condemned men, their hands bound behind them, rushed to the gallows that had been specially built for them on the edge of the Minnesota River in Mankato, Minn. They danced in place as the rough-hewn nooses were pulled over their heads. All wore white muslin caps with flaps on them, pulled down to obscure faces adorned with ceremonial paint.

The 1862 Dakota War was coming to a deadly climax.

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