December 2012 Commemorative Horse Ride

Photos from event site
Anpetu Waste Koda

Dakota 38+2 Commemorative Ride

More information posted soon... 


We are now offering to help coordinate local Donations for the December 2012 Ride:

Hay, Feed, Tack for the Horses
Gas and Fuel for the Support Drivers
Food for the Riders
Emergency funds for Elderly and Break downs

 Julian D Boucher
10135 463rd Ave
Hankinson ND 50841

Peter Lengkeek
P.O. Box 485
Ft Thompson, SD 57339


In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. 

"When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day." 

Four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retraced the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution.

"We can't blame the Wasichus  anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away." --Jim Miller

See Smoothfeather site and the educational events page for the Dakota 38 documentary viewings
There is a strong benefit in watching it with others and participating in a dialogue session afterwards.
For those who are not close to a scheduled screening, the preceding link will take you to the full 90 minute documentary on You Tube.


Donations Requests:
Hay, feed, tack for the horses
Gas and fuel for the support drivers
Food for the riders/support team
Emergency funds (Elders and break downs etc.)

You may give directly to the Dakota organizers (below) or through Healing Minnesota Stories

You can mail checks to:
Dakota 38 Memorial Ride
Dacotah Bank
201 Main St P.O. Box 177
New Effington SD 57255

Additionally, these two entities will accept money for Healing Minnesota Stories which supports Dakota-led events:
--St. Paul Area Council of Churches
  Designate your gift for: SPIN-Healing Minnesota Stories
  1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55105.
-- Bloomington Daymakers Rotary FoundationDesignate your gift for Healing Minnesota Stories
(Nonprofit Incorporated 5/17/2005)  Tax receipt issued for donations
7500 Flying Cloud Drive, Suite 800, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

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