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A Pardon 150 Years Late: Wrongful Execution Of Dakota Indian 'A Tragic Period In History'

12/14/2010 09:17 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

MANKATO, Minn. -- On Dec. 26, 1862, thirty-eight doomed Dakota Indians wailed and danced atop the gallows, waiting for the trapdoors to drop beneath them. The square scaffold, built here to accommodate the largest mass execution in United States history, swayed under their weight.

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