Communities where the Ride will be Hosted

Page 1 - South Dakota

Thank you to all the Communities along the way. You feed, water and shelter our faithful horses and you house and feed us. Without your support we could not complete the Ride.

Lower Brule Reservation

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Division: Teton
Band: Sicangu (Brule or Burnt Thigh)
Traditional Language: Lakota
Location: Lower Brule Reservation in Lyman and Stanley counties of central South Dakota.
Land Area: 132,601 acres. The reservation includes nearly 80 miles of Lake Sarpe shoreline.
Major Employers: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Golden Buffalo Casino, Bureau of Tribal Affairs, Native American Health Service.
The Lower Brule Farm Corp. is the nation's number-one popcorn producer.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
PO Box 187
Lower Brule, SD 57584-0187

Phone: (605) 473-5561
Fax: (605) 473-5606.

We all want to say thank you to the Crow Creek Sioux for the use of the rodeo grounds, our hotel rooms and the wonderful meals at the casino. Wopida! the Riders

Crow Creek and Fort Thompson

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Bands: Mdewakanton (People of Spirit Lake), Ihanktonwan (People of the End)
Traditional Language: Dakota
Location: Crow Creek Indian Reservation in central South Dakota
Major Industry: Agriculture

Established: 1 July 1863
Population: 206 (2000 census)

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
PO Box 50
Fort Thompson, SD 57339-0050
Phone: (605) 245-2221
Fax: (605) 245-5470.

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Acts of Congress in February and March 1863 abrogated, or revoked, all treaties between the U.S. government and the Santee Dakota. As a result, all but a few protected groups of Dakota were exiled from Minnesota. Minnesota’s Ho-Chunk Indians living in Blue Earth County near Mankato, eleven of whom were tried for participation in the war, were also expelled from the state. This expulsion ushered in an era of bare survival for the Dakota, as well as the disintegration of many families.

In May of 1863 1,300 Dakota were loaded onto steamboats and sent to Crow Creek reservation. Crowded onto the boats and weakened by imprisonment, many died on the voyage. The new reservation was desolate and food was scarce. In the first six months at Crow Creek more than 200 Dakota people died, most of them children.

John Williamson, the son of missionary Thomas Williamson, accompanied the Dakota to Crow Creek and was instrumental in their survival. During the winter of 1863, he convinced Colonel Thompson to allow some of the Dakota men to go on a buffalo hunt, which furnished them with enough meat to last through the winter. "It is not starving to death here yet, but it is starvation all the time." John P. Williamson, Crow Creek, Dakota Territory, January 6, 1864.

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From one of the Riders:
"By the time they were sent to Crow Creek, most of the people left were women. A lot died along the way, a lot died when they got here. I've read lots of journals from soldiers and missionaries. One of the soldiers mentioned that the women would go to the horse corrals each morning and pick grain from the horse feces to feed their children. A lot of honorable women also had to resort to prostitution to feed their children. These are the things they were forced to do. To us Dakota people, women are sacred, and should be treated as such. I want to make sure they're recognized for their strength, perseverance, wisdom, and intelligence."
Peter Lengkeek, Crow Creek, 2011


Diamond Willow Ministries

Ministry & Other Programs

Contact: Rod Vaughn
Phone: 605.245.2685
Address: 3 miles west of Ft. Thompson
PO Box 438
Ft. Thompson, SD 57339

Wessington Springs

PO Box 132, Wessington Springs, South Dakota 57382

Many thanks go to Jessie Rogers, Brian Heinricks, the Wessington Springs 4H Building and the Wessington Springs Lutheran Church.

Gann Valley

Gann Valley, county seat of Buffalo County, is a small community nestled among the rolling plains of central South Dakota. Agriculture, in particular the
raising of livestock and dry land farming, is the basic industry of the area. It is the smallest County seat in the United States with a population of 14.

The Town with the Beautiful Lake..

The City of Woonsocket began in 1883 at the junction of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul Railroads. The superintendent of the railroad was C.H. Prior,
and he named the new town Woonsocket, after his home town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Lake Prior, located in the center of town, is named after Mr. Prior.
The town of Woonsocket grew rapidly. The first day lots were offered for sale, 50 lots were sold. Woonsocket grew so fast that it was called “Boomstrucket.”


Howard, South Dakota received its name on the 4th of July in 1881. The town’s name, Howard, was in honor of the founder’s son that had died shortly before the celebration.

Howard, SD became the agricultural center of Miner County as the pioneers came flooding into the homestead farm lands. The economy in South Dakota started changing in the late 1920’s with the depression, drought and roads being paved to large towns. Howard’s enterprising town people managed to stay alive.


Madison, South Dakota area was settled In the 1860’s by German and Norwegian homesteaders.The many surrounding lakes were definitely a drawing factor. The landscape reminded the settlers so much of the capital of Wisconsin that they gave the fledging town the same name.

Madison, South Dakota was founded in 1875 as the railroads started their westward tracks. Madison and Herman competed for the county seat but reached a compromise and both villages moved to a halfway point, merging and taking the name of Madison. The town began as an agricultural area, agriculture developed it, and agriculture still supports it today.

AmericInn Madison
504 10th Street Se
Madison, SD 57042


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Division: Santee
Bands: Mdewakanton (People of Spirit Lake),Wahpekute (Leaf Shooters)
Traditional Language: Dakota
Locations: Tribal land in south-eastern South Dakota, north of Sioux Falls. Tribal offices in Flandreau.
Land Area: 2,356 acres (without boundaries)
Major Employers: Flandreau Indian School, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Royal River Casino

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
PO Box 283
Flandreau, SD 57028-0238

Phone: (605) 997-3844
Fax: (605) 997-3878.

Mde Wakanton Dakota Chief Little Crow, Taoyate Duta, is buried in Flandreau Cemetery.
The Riders visit, pay their respects and pray there before they move on to Pipestone MN

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38 Dakota Wokiksuye Jackets
Many riders and supporters who wear these received them as gifts from Josette and Jim Miller in the past years. Now you can have one as well..

The Design is by JB Weston (Dakota) of Flandreau. JB saw the design in a dream

Adult Carhartt Jacket w/full back & 150 year anniversary left chest emblem.
Price $151.00 add $10 shipping & handling Total $161.00

Without 150th anniversary emblem
Price $146.00 plus $10 s/h Total $156.00

Shelley Young
Stadium Sports. Mission, SD.
Debit or Credit cards accepted. .

Keep watching this space each day for news about t-shirts and hoodies...

I ordered a jacket today for Bruce and was told it would take two weeks. - Sheryl Dowlin

Spirits have been communicating even down to this design. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller

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