In the Dakota 38 movie
Peter talked about a deep embedded emotional depression
that Native people have, he said, 'You see our people
at one time had a very strong connection to the Creator
and with Mother Earth and with Nature, all living things
on this planet. All this was taken away from us and we
lost that connection and everything we had. that's where
this depression comes from. It is only now recognized
as the same as soldiers suffer from when they return from
This is what happened
to the Dakota in 1862 when they were taken from their
homeland and marched to Mankato and Fort Snelling , when
they were separated from their kin, their men taken from
them and hanged, forcing the women to become the head
of their household, a role they did not know. When they
were put on boats and taken far from where they knew and
loved, from the land that they fought for in 1862. All
of these things contributed to this awful depression that
often causes suicide especially in the young.
Now let's look at Jim's
Dream and how it has produced a living breathing entity
that can heal those depressions. The Ride is living history,
it is bringing the souls of the ancestors back to their
homelands, it is giving the chance of Reconcilliation
with those who were once enemies, it is allowing those
on the Ride to feel the emotions that their forbears experienced,
it is giving those of us who support the Ride a key to
unlock the opening in to the Tiospaye or even Oyate that
is the Ride. It is giving us all the opportunity to experience
an emotion the opposite emotion that the one the ancestor
experienced when they were taken from everything that
was important to them, they felt the impact of hatred
but the Ride allows all of us to feel love. Jim says it
so many times, 'I love you' it's as simple as that. I
Let's see some of that
love in action....
Thinking of you all
and how brave you are. It is amazing that you have already
gone 157 miles so much to be proud of. Stay safe, kiss your
ponies and keep on keeping on!!!
Yes sending out my
prayer each day at the designated time! Grateful that our
Creator is ever so willing to hear our prayers! Praying
throughout the day as well! But may our prayers unite as
Currently in the Madison
Wind Speed: 26mph
Wind Direction: 30°
Dew Point: 32°
Today: Periods of snow and windy. Some sleet or freezing
rain possible. High 31F. Winds N at 25 to 35 mph. Chance
of snow 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Tonight: Windy. Snow this evening will give way to partly
cloudy conditions late. Low 14F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph.
Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
My personal opinion
is that, dropping temperatures will make road conditions
extremely hazardous w/areas of icing and packed snow. .
VISIBILITY MAY BE LESS THAN A MILE DUE TO BLOWING SNOW.
The people participating
in this event are from this area. Survival is in their genes.
They re a strong people with a devout belief in the Creator.
know what they are doing. We all pray for their safety and
well being and the strength and stamina to keep on..
Maureen Kelli Bissell
What an adventure!!!
wish I was there and riding!!! Stay warm as possible ya'll!!!
Dam proud of every
single one of you. You all make me proud to call myself
Dakota. Good riding today. And glad you all made it before
the snow did. AHO!!!!!!!
I have a small stone slab over my fireplace with these words,
" My horse be swift in flight, even like an arrow"......
those words were in my prayers today for the horses and
riders. Glad to hear all are safe, and hopefully warmed
up, now. All good thoughts and prayers....
Fast & Prayer
This morning I fast
and pray for Family - for the Dakota 38+2 "family",
families of the riders, supporters, hosts, participants,
runners, walkers, the generations of family behind us, the
generations of family ahead, the descendant families of
the Dakota people from the Dakota war, the Fort Snelling
internment camp, the people displaced and the 38+2 Warriors,
my Dakota 38+2 family, my Sundance family, my daughter and
me. To Family within the fabric of Creation, I pray for
you. Mitakuye Oyasin
Debbie Snowolf Como
The storm we had in
california has caught up with them....creator...plz be kind.
plz bring everyone ahead od this weather coming in. bless
the horses and guard the riders....safe journey for the
cars and trailors....
I am so Proud .Smoke
and Prayers for you all enjoy a fantastic ride .Warriors
ride like wind .
Ima B. Musing
· Lauderdale, MN,
Take care to all involved
in the ride. Thank you for your courage! Best wishes in
the harrowing weather.
Good morning to all. My heart goes out to all of you wonderful
Seeing all the post is so overwhelming for me, I am so thankful
that I personally am part of this spiritual, healing journey.
Even if I only provide the food, place to rest, I am doing
what my brother, Chuck Derby, would be doing if her were
here, he is with us in spirit. I will carry on his works
the best I can, want to let you all know Chuck loved helping
Its a tough time for me right now, I have a member of my
family who is suffering from an addiction, so I pray for
all of you and him.
The next days ahead will be good ones for all, I love you
all and pray for a good journey.. Creator is with us all
You really have so much support , I didnt see what posts
your refering to I was gone today . I hope you continue
to keep an open group so those of us that live far away
can be a support and send up prayers. We had world peace
and prayer day committee meeting and I was able to share
your ride with other committee members who are unaware of
this ride . I was asked all sorts of questions I couldnt
answer since I am new to your group but just sharing a little
others were sending their voices in support and prayer.
I thank you for allowing me to be a member even though you
dont know me.
Dear Dakota riders
and thier supporters. I pray that the great creator watch
ove you and have a good journey my prayers are with you
all and be are. I can't wait to see you inMankato as well
serve you food. That's the lee I can do. Stay safe,,,,
Not too worried about
our Riders today for a couple reasons! They ride with the
Creator or whatever name we have known him/her by! They
ride with The Ancestors and how powerful is this combination!
They ride with The Prayers of All The Prayer Warriors who
support in person and online, including many Tribal Elders
like myself! For many this isn't their 1st ride and they
are veteran riders! And of course - THEY ARE WARRIORS! Never
the less sending my prayers and admiration each and ever
behalf of the Long Plain First Nation, Chief and Council
would like to donate $500.00 toward a Christmas Dinner for
all the Riders and participants. Our prayers are with you.
Sherryl K. Tressler
We donated face masks, stocking hats, headbands and mittens
that were dropped off at Flandreau. We hope they help keep
the riders a little warmer. Stay safe
Good morning everyone. As you rise, have your coffee, food
for the soul and spirit, I wish you all a good day. From
the bottom of my heart, Thanks
Will see you all in our community in a few days. This is
touching for me, I so wanted to ride from Pipestone, due
to a few issues I have to pass this year, but maybe next
year. Wish you all a safe ride.
GM asking the creator for good weather & keeping all
in my daily prayers! Be safe & stay warm my thoughts
are with everyone!
I am in awe of the knowledge that you continue to spread.
My prayers and support for all.