Here's the latest on the Dialogues program coming up on Wednesday: Elitta Gouge, a tribal elder from the Upper Sioux Community, will also join us at the Rochester Public Library. Looking forward to hearing a lot of stories and lot of thoughts on how the war continues to reverberate through our history to the present day.
This promo runs in the print edition Saturday:
The commemoration of the Dakota War, which began 150 years ago in
August, will come to an end next month, when the final episode of the
uprising is remembered: the execution on Dec. 26, 1862, of 38 Dakota
prisoners in Mankato.
The Post-Bulletin will publish a special report on that event on Dec. 22, completing our look back at the Dakota uprising and its aftermath. Along with that coverage, the next Post-Bulletin Dialogues meeting will be a conversation about the uprising and how it changed our state and nation.
That event will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.
Joining P-B Managing Editor Jay Furst will be historians and others who are deeply familiar with the war and its relevance. They include Sandy Geshick, a tribal elder at the Lower Sioux Indian Community, near Redwood Falls; Elitta Gouge, of Granite Falls, former tribal council member at the Upper Sioux Community; state Rep. Dean Urdahl, of Grove City, author of historical novels based on the war and an advocate for the repeal of the congressional act that banished the Dakota people from Minnesota in 1863; Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, co-chair with Urdahl of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force ; Olmsted District Court judge and historical writer Joe Chase; and Tom Hosier, of Rochester, president of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association.
Others from the Dakota community in the Rochester area are especially welcome to join us and help lead the discussion.
Post-Bulletin Dialogues meetings are free, informal community meetings about issues in the news.
For more details on the December Dialogues, check out the Furst Draft blog at PostBulletin.com.