Horse in the Moonlight
Jim Miller (2014)
The Dakota 38+2 Memorial is a drug and alcohol free horseback
ride that focuses on prayer. During the rest day of this year's
ride we will also include presentations about community healing,
overcoming addiction to meth, the sacred relationship between
the horse and his/her relative and genealogy. We are thankful
to Tamara Stjohn, THPO from SWO, who has offered to share
information on Dakota family history.
from the Dakota 38 movie of the 2008 Ride. Courtesy Smooth
Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2014 - The
day before the Ride.
I will be using the stills from the Dakota 38 movie on each
page with a quote from the person shown.
are heading off to the Lower Brule Reservation to gather
before the Ride begins tomorrow. On the way in one vehicle
are Keith Nichols, who was a rider last year, Josette Peltier
from Flandreau, Joy Maddox Dacus who travelled by bus to
Sioux Falls from Georgia, David from Slovenia, and Sharlene
Whiteley McGilvray from South Africa. I would love to be
a fly on that wall! Also travelling right now are Jon Eagle
Sr coming down from Standing Rock, and Garrett White heading
across from Sisseton. Safe travels to you all. - Gloria
on the Sisseton Memorial Ride Jim Miller's horse fell on
him, and Jim has injured his knee. We are all praying that
he will be well enough to lead the Ride tomorrow.
Below are messages that came
in to the group today with good wishes and prayers for the Ride
Early this morning I received a beautiful call from a new
friend in Rapid City who shared that her hasani is Viet
Nam vet who like Jim, suffers from Agent Orange. She said
despite his disability he is a prayerful man who always
prays for the riders and the horses every year, praying
for protection. This warmed my heart, I will share the full
conversation this evening in Lower Brule. Thank you my new
It's almost time to ride again. I want you all to know that
I will be waiting, singing for all of you as you ride into
Flandreau SD Wakpan Ipaksan, again this year. See you all
on the highway. Ride safe and I love all of you. My prayers
for a good ride and for everyone to be well prepared. Hau
Fort Thompson, SD, United States
I cant wait for the ride to start from across the river
Lower Brule. I got to witness the last day of the ride and
I feel so honored to be a Dakota. My aunt Stella P.S.
Flute used to cook and feed all the riders along
the way. She is in the spirit world now and no one can ever
fill her moccasins. She was a great woman with a very loving
cante'. I want to honor her and all those that were executed.
Wóphila cousin Sharlene, I wish you the other riders
well on this year's ride. If everything turns out well I
will be joining you for next year's ride but for now following
it on this page means a lot.
Still on my list to ride one day, once I am healthy enough
and have the finances. But I realize just how many do not
know about this, and how sad that is. I have shown so many
people the documentary, and even got it shown in schools.
Every little bit helps. For every person I show and touch
their lives, I have accomplished something. I will be making
the biggest staff this year, and put it out along with the
one I made last year. This new staff will have hundreds
of Macaw and other parrot feathers. I will hopefully get
the Dakota 38 T shirt, and carry this giant staff where
I go. People will see it, and ask, I will spread the message.
This giant staff, made from these feathers, will represent
healing and knowledge. It is an honor to be a part of this.
Safe ride my relatives .. My prayers are with you as we'll
I'm lighting a candle everyday for you
My prayers are with you all. May you have a safe Journey.
We are going to try to get to Morton, Mn and if not will
be in Mankato.... I will be volunteering to assist with
the meal which will be such a Honor to Serve My people !!!!!!
Mani Mitakuye pidamaya De yuonihan Yuhapi c'ante was'te
unkenic'eyapi. Thank you, all my relatives, for honor,
with a good heart , we thank you.
have a safe journey there and back.
Sharing this for a SPIRITUAL PEACEFULL JOURNEY !! You all
are in my thoughts and prayers!
praying for all of you
I have followed this commemorative ride the past two years,
and look forward to doing it again this year. Prayers go
to the warriors and to the many who show hospitality along
the way. My heart is with you.
I really wished I could b joining the riders this year,
but I am with you all in prayers and I give my utmost respect
to all involved in the Dakota 38 ride!!! Love & prayers
sent from Bismarck, N.D!!!
with Alberta Jim Miller
To those who rode past, present and future, may the spiritual
healing bless you and those along the trail. I'm blessed
and grateful to those who have taken this trail of us as
I am so very proud of the wikoskalaka from Cansayapi owanke
who have been part of the ride since 2005. Gianna Strong,
Vanessa Good Thunder and the others have brought pride and
strength to their Dakota people. They have become ambassadors
for the younger generation and I am so happy that they will
be on the Ride again this year. Their choices to be strong
Dakota winyan on the Red Road is truly a blessing for us
Lauderdale, MN, United States
Best wishes to the riders, horses, traveling support crew,
and hosts. Is there a public website for people to follow
along virtually? It was great last year but need a link
for this year. Merci!!
Afraid of Enemy
Prayers to the wokiksuye riders & sunka wakan have a
blessed & safe journey...Wopila
That time is here again...i pray that creator gives you
all safe journey....i pray the poinies are strong and surefooted......were
all here cheering you from all over!!!
As you all start your ride today I ask the creator to watch
over you & your horses! Weather is suppose to be good
keeping all in my daily prayers!
Martha Kay Anderson
Prayers for all as they journey through their miles.
I wish I cud ride with u all but my prayers r with u n ill
b in Mankato wen u guys get there...aho..
Peace and Prayers to the riders. A great example of learning
reconciliation and forgiveness. May the road rise with you
and the wind be at your backs.
Prayers for safe traveling.. shelter..food..safe from
elements ...strong horses..Peace.. We will keep you all
in our Prayers Warriors !!
Prayers for a safe journey to Mankato. Mii gwech to all
the riders and the horses for their sacrifice. Thanks to
all the supporters along the way. Sincerely, a Red Lake
My prayers to you as you begin the trek. I'm very happy.
The time is here and well get to see all of you again. My
heart is happy .
As we move into this sacred time, let's all pray for the
safety of our horses, riders, and supporters, as well as
the sacred beings who will join them. Wopida Tanka for this
opportunity to be a part of something so profound.
Safe travels, much healing and may the creator protect and
Many prayers for all.
I am so proud of these riders, they are making a change
for the world. Safe travels and blessings to each and
Safe travels there & back everyone! Prayers for the
Riders & their Horses & their families & friends!
Prayers sent for you during this time in remembrance..
Prayers for a safe journey
N Wendy Stevens
Prayers covering you, safe ride & journey my friends
w & j
Prayers for a safe journey.
All good thoughts and prayers ....
Blessings on a safe journey. Thank you so much for sharing
your tribute journey for a tragedy that should never have
taken place. God be with you all.
Johnstown, WY, United States
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wopila
for your sacrifice, Tunkasila hears our cries for healing
and honoring those who are no longer with us.
Down here in New Mexico will be praying for you and your
horses. Will follow you every day. Ride strong.
Since the Dakota 38 Memorial begins tomorrow, I thought
this would be an appropriate, new cover photo. I look forward
to this every year! This ride is powerful and so important
as it is about reconciliation and healing... to honor the
Dakota 38+2.. to honor the men, women, and children who
were forced to march across the cold winter prairies to
Mankato, or to Fort Snelling during the time of the conflict...
and about remembrance of the past, and hope for the future,
as we ride from a place of exile to the place of the shameful
event.. I can't wait to start riding! (featuring Nes and
van der Heijde
yes. Prayers will be heared, Godspeed
Our late brother Gus High Eagle strongly believed in the
power of the sunka wakan and reminded us often that they
were leading us on a trail of healing. Tomorrow the horses
will carry their riders from the site of the tragedy committed
in Sisseton on to Agency Village as they ride in prayer.
Please take some time tomorrow at 10:00 am (CST) and send
your prayers out for healing and strength for our Dakota
relatives. We are all part of the Oceti Sakowin, we are
Prayers and guidance for the riders.
Prayers for healing and forgiveness !
May the earth be your floor, the sky be your cathedral and
the creators altar all around you...keep you bonded, protected
and strong. You are all so loved. The eagle rides with you
all again, in honor & pride.
many prayers to all
Creator....look upon our brothers and sisters.. Heal them
from the atrocities committed so long ago.....keep them
safe and strong....give them warmth to sleep in...guide
the ponies..touch their hooves make them surefooted..we
ask you keep everyone safe and healthy on this journey to
honor ancestors taken from us.. Bless this ride!!!AHO!!!!
With you in spirit.
Prayers for healing for the families in our community,
for the Dakota 38+2 riders for safe travels.
My prayers are with all of you on this journey!!
Stay Safe my Beloved Friends. The Great Spirit is always
with you. Love, hugs and plenty of prayers.
Feeling quite sad I am unable to come and join the ride.
My heart is heavy. Due to health and financial issues,
I am unable to go this year. I am happy for the ones that
did go, and I will be praying and sending my support.
While I can not be there in person, I can be there in
my heart. I will be making the parrot staff, praying and
going on spiritual walks. Praying for the riders for a
safe and happy journey
(the feathers shown
are for the staff that Don will be making).
Good morning everyone.
As you start the first days of a Spiritual Journey, You
all are in my thoughts and most of all in my cante' (Heart).
I pray for all of you for a safe ride, this healing ceremony,
pray for our ancestors who had to suffer, as I am sure you
will in one way or another. I look forward to your arrival
here in Pipestone, MN.
My heart and spirit are with you..safe travels
Prayers and flags are flying.. blessings to this family
Im from tha Omaha Nation from Macy Ne. I find this ride
to be so beautiful! Prayers and love to all tha riders and
their families. I would love to be there wit em on their
journey. Even to be in Mankato when they arrive would be
a blessing. Much respect for tha Dakotas. WE ARE ONE NATION
We hope to see you in mankato.
Praying for all riders anf support crews. Ride like the
Blessings n Prayers on the ride.
All health and strength to you and the horses. Riding with
Spirit. Love to you All. Henny & David.
Prayer Riders your presence is highly honored The power
of prayer will see us througth on our path to forgiveness.
.The Great Spirit is riding with you. Love, hugs and prayers
thank you.....prays will be sent while I work ..my new found
Aloha I will be at Manaua to send my prayers at 10:00 for
the riders and horses
I couldnt raise quite enough funds to cover my transportation
to South Dakota for the Ride. Hard to accept, but Ill
have to wait until next year.
I want to offer my support to the riders, to the Sunka Wakan,
to the Dakota Warriors who stood up so the people could
live, to the ancestors who suffered in the Dakota war, the
Fort Snelling internment camp, and the trauma of dislocation
banishment from traditional lands, to their spirits
that have continued to suffer in search of peace ever after.
I want to do my part to help carry the burden, and I well
know the medicine of prayer and the power of intention.
My desire to help comes from my heart of hearts.
I will be fasting starting on Day 1 of the ride, Dec. 10.
I am committing to the first four days of the ride but have
an intention to attempt to fast throughout the entire ride,
breaking my fast after they arrive in Mankato on the 26th.
If any friends, relatives, or supporters wish to join me
in a collective fast, feel free to post your intentions
and prayers here. Together we are stronger. For the Riders!
For the Dream! For Truth & Reconciliation! I pray
May we find our right place in Creation and witness the
return of balance and right relationship with All Things.
My love to you all
near Gallipolis, OH, United States ·
I will pray for your safety have a good ride
Thank you all for your good wishes and