Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial
Ride 2014 - Day 12
Rest day in Morton
We started the group off in
2008 for the 2008 Ride, just to organize food and lodging in
Pipestone. That first year was the year of the Movie, Dakota
38, Silas Had visited with us in Pipestone and asked for our
support for the Ride, he said they would be videoing it the
whole way as they wanted to make people aware not only of Jim's
dream and the Ride but of the 1862 history as well. A history
that very few people knew about even those living where it happened.
As the history of Chuck's people was dear to our hearts as well
we said yes straight away, we would do what we could to help
them. In our Center in Pipestone we used to teach about the
history of 1862, and I was always amazed at how few people had
even heard about the hangings. In the early summer of 1862 Chuck's
family from Granite Falls area, (Upper Sioux) were in Pipestone
quarrying for stone so they could make pipes for the people.
In 1862 they reached the stone in record time and left for home,
but on the way they saw smoke on the horizon, thinking it was
a prairie fire they got worried and kept watching it but it
didn't seem to move, they carried on. Closer to home someone
told them that there was some trouble in Morton, (Lower Sioux)
and they should leave the area. They listened and buried the
stone they had and continued travelling to Canada. They didn't
return until much later. I believe that Chuck realized that
if they hadn't carried on one of them could have been one of
the 38, and he may never have been born, and so he wanted to
support this Ride, that could have been happening for his family.
Chuck passed away of cancer
in 2010, and before he passed both his sister Alice Erickson
and myself promised him we would continue to support the Ride
each year. That year's Ride was lead by Peter and he told me
that the Ride would always stop at the Little Feather Center
because of Chuck. I was lucky enough that year to travel with
the Ride from Pipestone to Marshall, and it was amazing. The
people were so lovely, warm and friendly and I realized what
a unique thing this Ride was, and wanted to do more for it.
However after Chuck's memorial in 2011 I returned home to England
but told Alice I would continue to keep this group going to
help them at that point we didn't have many members. It wasn't
until the movie Dakota 38 came out that we had an influx of
people on here, and that has continued since then. This week
I added the 6,000th member.
I am very proud of the people
in this group, they are very caring, sensible, wise, human beings.
I have seen them talk to someone who is in despair, and make
them feel better, I have seen them find a place for a homeless
woman and her dog many miles from where they themselves lived.
They may have been in CA or FL in the warm sunshine, but they
cared for a woman and her dog who were sheltering in her car,
in the snows of MT. They got together behind the scenes, contacted
the place where she was parked, purchased some food for her
and the dog, filled her tank with gas and while that was going
on, others were finding her a shelter to go to so that she would
be warm and safe. We sat up all night watching this woman get
to safety, and when she did we got a phone call from the place
to say she was safe. I don't know about the rest but I cheered
and cried. We heard from this lady this year and she had stayed
there for a few months, until the weather warmed and then she
moved to a place of safety. she sent photos of her and her dog
near her new home in the mountains in MT, it looked beautiful
and I was so pleased for her. I have seen the prayers sent by
so many for those who needed them. I alone have made so many
friends who mean the world to me on here, from so many different
places in the world. Two of those friends are on the Ride Sharlene
from South Africa, who joined us last year and was determined
to get there to Ride, she made us all laugh with her 'x amount
of sleeps before I leave for the Ride' she is there now on a
horse called Di, fulfilling her dream. Joy is another friend
who is there, she came up to SD from GA on a bus, almost on
the spur of the moment, she was met by Keith and they along
with Josette and Sharlene travelled together to the Lower Brule.
These people believed in Jim's dream, in the Ride, and they
trusted us to share their dreams with. This year people have
been helped through one situation or another by this wonderful
loving group of worldwide souls. I am so very proud of them
Jim and Alberta have asked me
to continue to run the group as I have been doing over the years.
I have said I would. I believe in respect for each other, and
continuing my promise to my late husband Chuck Derby who was
Although I am in England I find
it pretty easy to keep up with the group and the Ride. At this
time of year I live on American time so that I can catch the
photos or words that I put on the group page, once I have enough
I make up a web page each day, well 2 am to 5 am my time. and
publish it on line before I go to bed.
Up until this year I have been
the only Admin for the group, but this year I asked Lou Fuentes
if he would back me up in case I couldn't get on line for one
reason or another, and he said yes, so he is the second Admin,
and we both keep a close eye on the group. At this time of year
Lou is a great asset to the group, making the map and keeping
an eye on the weather.
Sharlene calls this the best
family ever, and I know Lou and I feel the same way, we are
a group pf people who are more than strangers joining up for
a subject we believe in. We are like a family, we care about
each other, we pray for each other, and during this Ride I suggested
we do a prayer together at a certain time of the day so that
we are all together praying. The feedback of that is wonderful,
the people feel like they are closer to the Ride and each other
by doing it that way. It is very powerful.
Love, respect, caring, spirituality,
understanding, positivity, and wisdom abound in this group,
this family, this Tiospaye. I feel very honoured to work on
here for you and the Ride, and Jim's dream.