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Minnesota asks Washington to repeal Indian banishment

Published 05/28/2009, State Capitol Bureau

Minnesota’s request to overturn a federal law that threw Dakota and Winnebago Indians out of the state can become a way to teach about mistreatment over the years, American Indians and a state legislator say. The 1863 law banning the two tribes has been replaced with presidential and congressional actions, and Dakota Indians live on four Minnesota reservations, but the law remains on the books. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said on Thursday it is past time to repeal it.

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