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 Riders complete trip to honor victims of mass execution

MANKATO, Minn. (AP)- Dakota tribal members have completed an annual 330-mile ride on horseback to honor 40 of their ancestors who were killed in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the riders arrived in Mankato on Monday morning after setting out from Lower Brule, South Dakota. The riders endured two snowstorms and frigid days. Hundreds of people cheered the riders’ arrival in Mankato. “I felt the ancestors protected us and were with us all the way,” Andrea Eastman said. The riders have been making the trip each December since 2005 to retrace the route their ancestors took to a reservation in South Dakota. The U.S. government moved tribal members to that state following the mass hanging of 38 tribal members on Dec.

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