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Executive Director Annamarie Hill of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council says on Thursday that a resolution state lawmakers adopted seeking repeal of a federal law banishing Dakota and Winnegabo Indians from Minnesota makes for a good teaching moment. With her is Dale Greene from the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Minnesota asks Washington to repeal Indian banishment

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ST. PAUL - 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, Native Americans and a state legislator say.

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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 said on Thursday it is past time to repeal it.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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