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Legislator seeking repeal of Dakota-Winnebago law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press is reporting that a Minnesota lawmaker is planning to ask Congress to repeal an 1863 federal law that banished Dakota and Winnebago Indians from Minnesota.

State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, has scheduled a news conference Thursday in St. Paul, according to the AP.

Although the law is not enforced and Dakota and Winnebago Indians  reside in Minnesota, Urdahl’s office said that repealing it carries great symbolic weight.

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