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Kevin Maijala, manager of curriculum development and teacher education for the Minnesota Historical Society, left, discusses the efforts to engage students and the public in a study of the difficult history of U.S. and Dakota relations. "It is our most difficult history but that is also why it is probably one of our most important," Maijala said of the U.S. Dakota?War of 1862, prior to leading media and historians on a tour Monday that included stops at the Lower Sioux Agency, Birch Coulee Battlefield, F...

Minnesota begins observance of 150th anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862

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Ground Zero in what many consider Minnesota's most difficult and yet most significant historical era is here at the Lower Sioux Agency Historical Site near Morton.


After the killings at Acton, full warfare flared when Dakota warriors attacked and killed traders and government employees on the morning of Aug. 18, 1862.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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