December 17, 2020
Free Film, “Dakota 38,” to be Shown at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK, N.D. – The public is invited to attend a free film, “Dakota 38,” at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Masks are required and visitors are asked to follow state and local mandates and the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene.
On Dec. 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln’s order to hang 38 Dakota men following the US-Dakota War was carried out. This was the largest mass execution in United States history. “Dakota 38,” an award-winning documentary produced by Smooth Feather Productions, tells the story of Jim Miller, a Vietnam veteran and Native spiritual leader who rode his horse from Lower Brule, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota, to honor those executed there. Descendants of the Dakota 38 learned of Miller’s plan to retrace the 330-mile route and joined him on the journey through incredible physical hardships. Upon their arrival, the riders’ efforts were recognized by Mankato residents, furthering understanding and reconciliation between Native American and white populations. The film can also be found online free of charge.
The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum will be open Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and closed Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume on Dec. 26. Regular hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Find out more about additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at statemuseum.nd.gov/events or call 701.328.2666.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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