Dakota Exile

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This program examines the history of the scattered Dakota tribe. Forced from Minnesota by the push for new territory, Dakota members were thrust onto untenable lands in Nebraska and North Dakota, while many fled to Canada. The program uses extensive interviews with the far-flung tribal members as they recount their history and personal experiences, from the mass execution of thirty-eight Dakota men in 1862 following the Sioux uprising to the forced Americanization of Dakota children in military-style boarding schools through the 1930s. While the program examines the devastation suffered by the Dakota, it also chronicles members' efforts to maintain their heritage by passing on their language and culture.

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