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Rep. Dean Urdahl of Grove City, left, says Thursday that he will lobby Congress to repeal an 1863 law that banished Dakota and Winnebago Indians from Minnesota. Looking on is Dale Greene of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa. (Tribune photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota seeks repeal of Indian banishment


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's request to overturn a federal law that threw Dakota and Winnebago Indians out of the state can become a way to teach about mistreatment over the years, American Indians and a state legislator say.

The 1863 law banning the two tribes has been replaced with presidential and congressional actions, and Dakota Indians live on four Minnesota reservations, but the law remains on the books. Rep. Dean Urdahl said on Thursday it is past time to repeal it.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.