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Great-great-granddaughter Fern Cloud speaks Saturday during a ceremony in Hutchinson honoring Chief Little Crow, who was killed in on July 3, 1863, in Meeker County, and other Dakota killed during the U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath. Cloud now lives in Granite Falls and is a pastor at the Pajuhutazizi Presbyterian Church. (Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan)

Little Crow, other Dakota killed in war and its aftermath honored at Hutchinson, Minn., ceremony

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HUTCHINSON -- Descendants of the Dakota leader Taoyateduta, early Minnesota settlers and others gathered here Saturday for a ceremony to honor the Dakota chief, known as Little Crow, and other Dakota.

The ceremony was held on the occasion of his death, July 3, more than 150 years ago. It honored Chief Little Crow and other Dakotas who died during the U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath. More than one-quarter of the Dakota in Minnesota died in the Dakota Diaspora following the war.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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