In 2008 Craig rode for
his family, today on the Ride a young lady joined for
a short while to ride for her grandma Alice Erickson.
Alice does the food at the Little Feather Center in Pipestone,
she has done since 2008. She wanted badly to ride for
a while this year but she has been sick, and was very
upset that she wouldn't be able to. A few days ago her
grand-daughter Shaina DeRuyter told her mom that she would
ride for Alice. It was to be a surprise. A few of us knew
about it happeneing but Alice didn't. She was told last
night and was overwhelmed by it. So this morning Shaina
joined the Ride, she looked so proud. She said that she
was riding for her Grandma's sisters as well. Marge Parsons,
Betty Tellinghuisen, Maddie Redwing and Carol Derby. I
am so happy because these women are my sister-in-laws.
They are my American family. Thank you Shaina!
My HERO !! Pidamaya to
this young man who helped me to my car today at the Flandreau
Indian School Honoring of the Dakota 38+2 Reconciliation
Riders. It was awesome because the streets had black ice
and the snow was so slippery.. There was ice everywhere
!... Wopida to Mr. Garrett White for all your help today
in getting me safely to my iced up car !!! hugz, Grandma
Matt Black Eagle Man
HAD AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE TO MEET THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED
'KENTUCKY'.. CONGRATULATIONS ! ! ! ! FOR HAVING YOUR FIRST
TAKOJA DURING THIS MEMORABLE SACRED RIDE...THE WONDERFUL
DAKOTA 38+2 RIDERS.....IT WAS SO AWESOME TO HEAR YOU SPEAK
TODAY WITH THE FLANDREAU YOUTH...I KNOW THEY WERE HUMBLED
BY YOUR TRUE SPIRIT OF LOVE... Grandma Patt
For those who do not know him: Matthew is nicknamed Kentucky
because that is where he lives now, but he is a Warrior
from Long Plain First Nation who was stolen from his family
as a child. I am so happy that he has found his way back
to his people and I can only thank the Dakota 38 for this
miracle. While promoting my book "Scattered Leaves:
The Legend of Ghostkiller", which is about the hangings,
I stumbled across the documentary on Youtube. I watched
and cried and told my husband, 'we must go do this ride!'
The rest is history. Now, he has met many of his family
members and is meeting more everyday. It is hard for him
living so far away from them. I support him as best I
can in his walk. I love him very much and am thrilled
that he is finding himself, his people, again.
In Washington DC during
the summer against the Pipeline Matt represented the 38
+ 2 Riders and group,
on the Ride he represents Long Plain First Nation.
Another family on here
are Richard Milda's here are some photos of them
Another family are Rebelmann
Mann, a group of young people who came on the Ride for
the first time this year. They are shown below with Patt.
couple pics for Joyce Kadlec from the awesome dinner at
the little feather center tonight. what a wonderful evening
sharing great food with old and new friends telling stories
laughing praying together. looking forward to having breakfast
with the rides and supporters in the morning before they
hit the trail again. good night all, sleep well.
Moments like this are heart touching. Our young ate observing
the behaviors of all of these amazing men. Teaching our
young through example love, compassion, honor, dignity and
self respect is what this world needs. Thank you. May you
be blessed ??
It touches my heart to see the respect of the Young Generation.Be
Blessed my friends. Walk In Peace.
Thank you for allowing
me to be a small part. Dropping tobacco
hope all the tasunkas are doing good. In wicked weather,
strong beings they are.
Good morning! Prayers being sent to all Riders & their
families/supporters & their Horses, Aho!
· Ronan, MT,
Good Morning Family
& Frenz. Prayerz of Blessings on ur ride today. Strength
& Courage for all of you & da Sunka Wakans.
Tanka Hihanni waste' to all the riders and prayers are with
you as you ride be safe stay warm
Fast & Prayer
This morning I fast
and pray for the safety net created by "Prayer".
I see an invisible spiritual veil that encircles the riders,
linking them in unity, protecting them, keeping them safe.
The veil looks like breath on a frosty morning, or smoke
from a smudge. This to me, is the evidence of the power
of Prayer. When we pray for the Riders that prayer really
does manifest around them keeping them safe. They are guided.
They are protected. The Ancestors are in that veil smudging
them and brushing them off. "Prayer" matters
· Ruthton, MN,
Watching this ride
from the beginning to today has been one of the most fulfilling
experiences I've ever had. Seeing such promise for the next
generations to come is so inspiring. These souls are hungry,
they want hope for a better world, a world that is not afraid
to open it's heart to others. It's time to forgive and time
to come together as ONE.
Good Morning members, riders, this has been a wonderful
journey with you, even by airwaves! I ask for patience and
strength for all of us~these young people are stepping up~Thank
you~I think of you all throughout my day~you give to us
here, and we appreciate you all.
Day 8: Our Dakota
38+2 family gathered this morning for a breakfast. Beautiful
ceremony with song at the gravesite of Chief Little Crow.
The Sunka Wakan with their riders departed Wakpa Ipaksan.
It was a beautiful, beautiful sight. The feeling of love
n compassion overcame me, as I watched them leave. I thank
each n everyone of them for allowing me to start this spiritual
ride with them. I will carry you all in prayers today n
tomorrow. Until I meet up with you again, I love you n thank
you for your sacrifices you are making on this spiritual
ride for our ancestors n the Oyate. Mitakuye Owasin.
We are Canoe Nations
where I come from. But a part of my heart travels with the
Horse Nations on your Sacred Journey! Our Canoe Journey
this year took us away from our family and home for over
a month this past summer! And the same is true for those
making that sacrifice with this ride! On the Paddle to Bella
Bella, we were hosted by many Nations and I read of the
generosity and hospitality that The Riders are receiving!
Our People had treacherous times but we persevered as I
know the Sacred Riders will! I follow you on Facebook and
love all the pictures! My prayers and admiration travel
with you every day!