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Resolving a Dakota conflict (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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One year after the Dakota Conflict of 1862 in Minnesota, President Lincoln signed the Minnesota Indian Removal law, resulting in removal of the Dakota people from the state.

The law is still on the books.

A new law, in the form of a nonbinding resolution, urges the president and Congress to repeal the federal legislation.

Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), who sponsors the law along with Sen. Steve Dille (R-Dassel), said the measure is “largely symbolic, but it is important to the tribes in Minnesota.”

It wasn’t until 1924 that all Native Americans in the United States received full citizenship, said Rep. Paul Gardner (DFL-Shoreview). “The law is still on the books, and it basically says that one group of people are not allowed to live here. I don’t think that’s right to be on the books.”

Under the resolution, the secretary of state is to prepare copies of the memorial to be sent to the president, Congressional leadership and its members.


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