Dakota Writers Speak to Presence – 12/26/16, on the 154th anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. Voices across and through time; here today, here tomorrow...Humbled and inspired by an enlarged sense of personal place, and our places then, now and future. Those with no teachings, place your ear closer to the ground. With Colleen Casey, Rosetta Peters, Richard Merlin, Johnson Jr., Lonna Stevens Hunter, Nicholas “Cetanzi” Metcalf, Thomas LaBlanc, Lisa J. Yankton, and Alexa Yankton, with guest James Everest. On the 154th anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States, the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men in Mankato for their role in the U.S. Dakota War, modern-day Dakota writers speak to Presence. We speak several generations after the U.S. Dakota War and the United States government’s expulsion of Dakota from Minnesota. We speak, even as we are often erased or misrepresented in mainstream media and culture. We are here.