Every September Native Americans from a number of tribes gather in Mankato’s Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the US-Dakota War of 1862. The conflict resulted in the execution of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato on December 26, 1862. The Pow-wow, which is co-sponsored and co-organized by the Mdewakanton Association, costs $7 for the weekend and is open to the public. In keeping with the theme of reconciliation visitors and participants, native and non-native alike are welcome to attend. The Pow-Wow has been held in Mankato since 1972. The three-day event includes the beautiful regalia of the dancers, traditional music, delicious foods and beautiful crafts. The event is open Friday from 3 p.m. until the dancers are done dancing, Saturday from 9 a.m. until the dancers are done dancing and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.