On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota, igniting a war that claimed hundreds of lives on both sides of the conflict. The war lasted about 6 weeks and culminated in the largest one day mass execution in U.S. history and the expulsion of all Dakota peoples from the state. This week marks the 150th anniversary of this tragic event in Minnesota history.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio is airing a one hour documentary on the Dakota War, Saturday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. The documentary, "A Clash of Cultures: Understanding the Dakota War of 1862," was produced for Minnesota's AMPERS stations by documentarians Milt and Jamie Lee. Click on the audio mp3 above to hear a recent WTIP interview with the Lees about the project.