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December 16, 2012

'We remember those': Gustavus art exhibit explores impacts of 1862 mass execution

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Her contributions include a dignified representation of the legendary Dakota chief Little Crow and another sculpture that shows a Dakota warrior wielding a symbolic flag.

“To think I have something there that represents our people is powerful,” said Albro, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota. “To say that I was pleased doesn’t come close to the feeling I had when I was asked to exhibit my work at the college.”

Two Bulls said he had a similar reaction when asked to contribute work for the exhibit. As a historian, he said he remains concerned that the events of 1862 have been tragically under-told and under-represented in American history. He said he hopes his work and the Hillstrom exhibit can lead people to a more complete understanding of what took place.

“I hope the painting really draws some of those folks in,” Two Bulls said. “It’s one of the many sad chapters of our history.”

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