About the year 2000, Jim Miller came to my home state
of Maine to help us here with Ceremony. I had met Jim
at a Ceremony in Canada the summer before.
At the time I sang in a church choir and so invited Jim
to speak to our congregation on the Sunday he was here.
He humbly obliged me. All went well and Jim rocked the
house. Seriously though, he made some good friends and
relationships were born.
Later after he left I was looking for an honoring song
and searched our hymnal. The 2nd hymn was "Many and
Great o God are your Works". Humm, curious. A Dakota
tribute hymn. I began to research the origins of the hymn.
I researched about the Dakota 38 +2. I was stunned. I
found pieces of transcripts of the trials of the prisoners.
I was overwhelmed by the travesty and injustice and criminal
acts of the U.S. Government against the Dakota Nation.
I had seen Jim and visited with him and his family a few
times. He had come to Maine a couple times. I never mentioned
my experience with the Hymn. Too embarrassing for me to
bring up such a powerful time without really knowing any
more about the events of that time.
A couple years later, Jim called me to tell me of his
dream/vision and I suddenly remembered the Hymn I'd read
about. I told him what I'd researched. He said, "ohh,
Today many years later that same church is closing its
doors in the building they've been using. They're moving
to a new location. They can't afford the huge space they're
in. They asked me to help them smudge the space as they
do their final service. There is a beautiful star quilt
there. I will remind the people of its origins from Porcupine,
I will ask the people today to sing this hymn for the
I have not been active in this community for a few years
so it is an honor to be asked to help at this closing
reopening event. Today, in Bath, Maine Dakota people will
be remembered. Riders will be remembered. Sage will burn,
a drum will sound and we'll sing.
Love honor and respect to you all.
Patt Iron Cloud
Tunkanshila Wankan we beg you to watch over our Akicitas
Ohitika today on the fourth/fifth day of this Sacred Dakota
38 and 2 Healing Ride and all the Riders !!!May Wankan
Tankan bless brother Jim Miller a Vietnam Nam Veteran,
and his lovely wife Alberta Iron Cloud Miller, our Beloved
Founders. Love -Patt
We are all one We also need to send prayers for the lost
sisters & brothers. Words cannot penetrate the circle
of love Nor indeed break it just as the flow of the river
or rays of the sun can be. Our collective love 'rattles'
the darkness...good, let it know we are here, we are united,
we r family, we r love! As our actions & intention
unfold a tidal wave of light blankets our home....as the
great ancestors knew & lived. Prayers for a return
to that x
I need to add that I've
felt such connectedness to unknown sisters & brothers
(espec the beautiful photos of the new borns,the proud
loving families) that I'm grateful that the group was
so open & accessible. So praying that, in this case,
one rotten apple doesn't upset the barrel. Just chuck
it out so that it might become useful by fertilising the
soil...as the soil, she knows how to neutralise it
Prayers good morning from eagle butte
Prayer go out to 38 plus 2 and all the riders and families
Thank you for this. I am so grateful for the technology
that brings us together in a heart beat from anywhere
in the world, and grateful for you sharing
Reminds me of the only morning last year I was out with
the riders as they circled up and rode from Fort Ridgely.
Windchill was minus 37 degrees, snow was knee deep in
places. Wopida tanka as you all take the healing energy
with you into Minnesota.
Sending love, prayers and (((hugs))) to everyone! In my
thoughts always. Please, if you see my Uncle Ray Shepherd,
give him a big hug from me.
Debbie Snowolf Como
good morning all...creator has blessed this ride..from
the wonderful pictures of the eagles following..the pictures
with spirit..the weather..the ancestors surely smile as
you all honor them on this ride.....so proud to be part
of this family....
Pidamaya. I am very honored to be apart of this. My prayers
are sent everday to watch over all of you. Hau
Good morning all! Prayers
today for the riders and the horses as they get closer
to leaving South Dakota and entering Minnesota later this
week. I have been sitting here thinking about the significance
of that transition- you are coming home. I hope that the
journey brings all of you the healing and peace that you
need, and that you are able to take that back to the communities
you are from and do good work there. Peace and blessings
and prayers for a safe journey.
Aww, prayers to keep u warm and may u all be safe. I love
hearing & seeing videos:powerful,beautiful and touches
my heart. from my Idaho family.
As the dust settles
on the surface of Unci Maka, the Sunka Wakan bed down
for the night and the men and women rest until tomorrow.
The smoke continues
to drift upwards from the abalone shells that represent
protection, and the fluidity and beauty of the great Mother
We hear the songs
still permeating the night air.. thick with the sound
or our ancestors singing those same songs and beating
the same cancega..
In the teachings
that I was given.. Tonight is a good night. In Vision
Quest ceremonies, the 3rd day represents the opening of
our hearts and minds to what truly the Creator is putting
in front of us to see and to learn. The 3rd day represents
the teaching day... the day that we may actually let go
of our "human" and allow the creator into our
hearts so that we make walk with the original instructions.
DA White Eagle
Wakan tanka i ask that you give the riders strength, courage
n most of guidance for the most important ride of the
year Dakota 38 +2 memorial ride. Also strength n good
health to all the horses to ,make all the way. Also encouragement,
understanding n love for one another n all who are helping
in anyway Wopida tanka for these things.
To the riders and
volunteers who are keeping sunka wanka watered and feed
also resting them on this memorial ride
Thank you My Relatives for adding me. Prayers for everyone
involved and much pride and gratitude for honoring those
who have gone before.
Debbie Snowolf Como
were all a big family of strangers!!!!
Hehanni waste, riders and a loud GOOD MORNING from Germany
to the 38 family. Hope everybody is well and RIDE ON.