Jackie Bird is a great role
model, wonderful artist, performer and a very caring woman.
The night before Chuck passed over in 2010, she came to the
Little Feather Center where the riders are as I write this and
she put on an impromtu concert for him and the family and friends
who were there sitting with him. There were quite a lot of us.
She also gave him an Eagle feather for his journey. He smiled
as she sang and tried with all of his strength to lift the feather
up to the music she was playing. He passed the following day
and took the feather with him holding it tightly in his hand.
Today in Jackie's honor I will
be featuring the girls and women riders and supporters of 2014.
Christina Chime Musial
Wakan Inajin Win and Andrea Eastman
Odowan Wicaku Win
Sharlene Whiteley McGilvray is
a runner as well as a rider.
Joy Maddox Dacus, Patt Iron Cloud,
Josette Peltier and Sharlene Whiteley McGilvray
Nuna Bobtail Bear with Sharlene
LeAnne Red Owl
Our youngest girl rider Jani
Rae with her dad James Sazue
Shaina DeRuyter, riding from
Pipestone on behalf of her Grandma Alice Erickson and Alice's
Marge Parsons, Betty Tellinghuisen, Maddie Redwing and Carol
Pipestone lady supporters with
L to R Joyce Kadlac, Carol Derby, Alice Erickson and Abby Lulabelle
This is Shaina DeRuyter, (middle
right) grand-daughter of Alice Erickson (Pipestone) (middle
left) who told her grandma tonight that she will ride some of
the way for her and Alice's sisters, Alice so wanted to ride
herself but couldn't because of sickness. So Shaina will be
a rider as of tomorrow. Thanks Shaina! (See above)
Good morning everyone. Its very cold out, please be safe warm,
take care of the who carries you on this most sacred, humble
Today our community will welcome you with open arms and hearts.
I am honored to be able to have the presence of your company
and sit with all of you for a meal. I pray for you, have the
most respect for you and most of all love you from the bottom
Day 8 - Fast & Prayer
This morning I fast and pray for the medicine of "Strength".
It is astounding yet not surprising how strength grows as a
result of prayer. The Ride joins us all together. Holding hands
in one circle - we are one. And as one, we are strong. Strength
is the child of spiritual unity. Our faith grows stronger. Our
convictions grow stronger. Our love for each other grows stronger.
Our happiness and joy cannot be contained and our smiles give
us away! May we take this strength that we are growing and hand
it out to those who most need it. It is the currency of kindness
To all the riders, runners,
eagle staff carriers, the volunteers and everyone who's involved
with the Dakota 38+2 memorial ride. Prayers to all of you that
are making this healing journey to Mankato. Be blessed wanka
tatanka will guide you all on this journey. Wopida
Much love and wopida tanka
to the family of Chuck Derby: Alice, Mattie, and everyone at the
Little Feather Center in Pipestone for the awesome food and welcoming!
And the rumors of Alice's frybread being amazing? Yeah, they're
true! Was gonna get some for watecha, but it was ALL gone!
With wo ohoda and love:
Today we begin the documentary
in class. Dakota 38 + 2 will be seen and later discussed by more
than 150 students. They know you are riding. They know why.
These Dakota 38+2 Riders
are so Miraculous !! Pidamaya for putting your lives on the line
for Reconciliation for all People .. Hugz - Grandma Patt
How blessed I feel to witness
these Wonderful Strong Akicitas !!! Lilililililililililili. !!!!!!!!!
For the Fabulous Dakota 38+2 Riders on their way to Flandreau
,SD yesterday ..
What a choice blessing to
be able to video The Awesome and Majestic Dakota 38+2 Reconciliation
Riders come into Flandreau !!! Also , It took me awhile to turn
my iPad off because it was Frozen .. Imagine how icy it was and
how dangerous it was for our Sacred Akcitas !! May Our Creator
keep blessing you all . Love and prayers for you all. Grandma
The awesome Dakota
38+2 Riders Swiftly flying towards Flandreau, SD on this Rainy
sleet filled icy Day!! Wopida Tankan for your Bravery !! Love
- Grandma Patt
I would like to express
my most heartfelt gratitude for this Ride. You may not realize
it, but you are not riding just for the Dakota. You are riding
for those who wronged you. Instead of carrying hatred and resentment
in your hearts, you carry forgiveness and healing. This is the
only possible way to reconciliation, and you are teaching the
rest of us. I send prayers for you each morning and each evening:
not only that all riders and ponies reach the end of the journey
safely, but that your message is heard by those who need it most.
I just wanted to say I met
the unity ride in NY and I think it is wonderful and powerful
healing by spreading awareness ! I feel you are all accomplishing
great missions! The movie Dakota 38+2 brought tears to my eyes:).
Jim Millers story about Vietnam resonated with me my brother and
cousin were there the same time ! I was 4 and remember the nightmares
my brother told me ! I am happy you found your peace as my brother
is at rest ! Your good deeds will be rewarded with your heart
and souls content ! Prayers for all safe journey ! We are all
because something is difficult surely does
not mean it can't be done. Doing the most difficult things will
offer the deepest results. Prayers for endurance, prayers for
stamina, prayers for grit
be proud in those things because
you Riders, runners and supporters lead by example. This is a
I would like to express my most heartfelt gratitude for this Ride.
You may not realize it, but you are not riding just for the Dakota.
You are riding for those who wronged you. Instead of carrying
hatred and resentment in your hearts, you carry forgiveness and
healing. This is the only possible way to reconciliation, and
you are teaching the rest of us. I send prayers for you each morning
and each evening: not only that all riders and ponies reach the
end of the journey safely, but that your message is heard by those
who need it most. Thank you.
Prince shared Tee Drappeau's photo.
A painting was posted earlier by someone in this group and when
I saw it, tears stung my eyes. I saw something similar in a daydream
the other day and felt I needed to share with you all.
Our Dakota 38 riders were galloping forward. The snow was blowing
all around them. A light shown on them straight on, as headlights
do while driving in snow. The ground was foggy/snowy, as in the
painting. Thundersnow. Behind and beside the riders, the ancestors
road out to join them. Modernly dressed Indians in the middle,
(heavy coats, hats, gloves, facemasks) ancestors in regalia surrounding
them like an escort. It was beautiful. I was not asleep, but was
awake and seeing it with eyes open. It was the most amazing experience.
Someone has offered to paint what I saw. I anxiously await the
finished art work.
good morning 38 family.....everytime
i watch a video.or look through the pictures, i feel the spirit
with you....the ponies are as if they are in a spiritual trance....they
are moving together like a wild herd and you all are like the
warriors riding across the plains on the wild horses.i pray for
all of you for your saftey...stay warm it looks so cold....creator....bless
all on the ride....bless the sunka wakan....keep them safe and
warm and healthy....aho
I am sending smoke for all
of you Riders and your WarPonies ~ it warms my heart to see you
riding as one for healing of yourselves and the next seven generation.
Wishing warm winds blowing through your hearts even if the cold
winds are blowing all around you. Wopila Tanka!!
as the ride continues into
pipestone today this will be the coldest forecast day for the
next week or so. things are looking good at the little feather
center. it will be a chilly day on the road for you today, but
a warm fire lots of good food and many supportive very good hearted
people will be waiting to greet you when you arrive. be safe ride
proud pray hard.