Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride
2020 (Virtual Ride)
Coming into Mankato 2012
Due to Covid 19
the Ride is not happening this year, so I am making up a virtual
Ride from previous year's Ride's photos and comments.
Hopefully the Ride
will be back on in 2021
26th December - Final Day
Prayer of the Day
Mo Nichols - 2019
Blessings on this powerful day. Prayers and smoke up tobacco
Creator may the experiences
of this ride make all of our new days more connected...Connected
to our sacred Mother Earth, our ancestors, our history, each
other, and you.
Today we honour everyone in
the physical and spirit world that is home. We give thanks
and gratitude for the sacrifies, the determination, the guidance,
and the visions. We honour the relationships past and the
new ones made. Today we will stand together, or support from
afar, with deep respect for our ancestors. We honour their
Awareness has been brought across
the nation's of history that should never be forgotten. We
have arrived at a place to honour, reconcile, and heal. May
the experiences of each one of us witnessing give us that
openness of heart to do what is right by our teachings.
May the circle created today
be strong and never broken. May tears shed be cleansing, may
heavy hearts be lightened, may spirits that were lost know
a sense of togetherness.
We honour and respect the Dakota
38+2, the circle, the horse nation, all of the riders, supporters,
host, and volunteers.
Welcome home, be proud with
humbled hearts: today marks a day of new beginnings of honour.
Blessings, love, and gratitude
With deep honour and respect for all of you
Mitakuye Oyasin A'ho
Our prayers will continue for
the Dakota 38 + 3, for their descendents, and You. - Gloria
Words of the Day
I have often wondered why horseback
riders were shown in the dream to ride from the Missouri River
to Mankato. Later I realized that the ancestors knew about
the healing power of the horse and the sacred relationship
between a human being and the sunkawakan. In 2006 we traveled
to Canupawakpa Reserve in Canada to be part of a horse ceremony
there. Many stories were told of this relationship and the
telepathic communication between horse and rider that led
to the survival of the people. Offerings from the Dakota reserves
were placed on a horse as an offering for prayers and healing
for their nations and the horse was brought on the ride. It
was a very moving and powerful experience, unforgettable.
Later, I learned also that the government slaughtered tunkasila
Sitting Bull's horses upon his return to the US and that this
atrocity was witnessed by his people. The Dakota ancestors
must want this relationship to be renewed and healed so that
the people will rise again. Thank you to all the riders who
ride for our healing: Big Foot Riders, Crazy Horse Riders,
Teca Omaka Riders, Unity Riders and the Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye
Riders. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller December 10th 2013
Reconciliation Park. Mankato. The End
of the Ride. The Hanging Site.
Photos from 2017
A quiet Park this year, due
to the Covid 19 Pandemic. A few people may make their way
there to remember the 38, but our horses and Riders will not
be there. We can all be there in Spirit though. Mitakuye Oyasin
Roberta Aitchison Olson -
This is a beautiful park. 28 yrs ago there was just a sign along
the road. I'm so glad some people created a soothing space for
honoring the lives taken here and this awful history. Thank
you for your work to communicate this important tradition of
honoring the 38+2 and their families.
Gloria Hazell-Derby -
names of the Condemned men imprisoned before the hangings.
This is a long list and you can see what happened to each man.
names of the men hung on this day 1862 are on the Education page
Photos through the years
Spirit Horse - 2013
The end of the Ride - Aho!
Gloria Hazell-Derby (Admin
and web site designer/producer.) 2020
A Personal Message
I have to thank you all for staying with us on this Virtual Ride.
We didn't know if it would work, but did it anyway. Not many of us
stayed the course, as opposed to a normal year's Ride. (200 per
day as opposed to the normal 2,000+ per day)
I hope this year brought back Memories of previous years, or if you
are new to the Ride allowed you to see what and who came before. This
history must not be forgotten.
These web pages that I have made up through the years will be around
until the Internet goes, so they will keep the history of 1862 alive.
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to make them and to work
with such wonderful people for 13 years. This is my final year, although
I will be available to answer questions and support the team if needed.
It has been my honor to be trusted and accepted by those who Count.
I have to thank my Admins who have persevered
with me in keeping the Facebook Group running through the years, Lou,
Cari, Tom, Rosetta, Marge, Mo, John, Jenny, & Michele. (Previous
Admins: Bruce, Maryhelen, Kali, Debbie and Bonnie.)
Thanks to Alberta and Jim for having
my back through the years, and for being there to run things by.
Thanks to Ron Hamm who collated many hundreds of photos through the
years to make up posters for all to see.
Thanks to all the photographers who took those photos and allowed
us to use them on the group and web pages, including Julie Carrow,
Nina Fox, Donna Budahl Paterson, Linda Flanagan, Helena Brown and
Dyna Sluyter, we appreciate your sharing your amazing work with us
Thanks to Josette Peltier and Keith Nichols who every year have supported,
guided and helped, both on and off the Ride, you are both like rocks,
strong and reliable. The Ride would not survive without the two of
Thanks to all of the thousands of supporters who became members of
the Facebook groups that evolved through the years, from the first
25 to the 7,000 plus who are members today.
Thanks to all of those wonderfully generous people in Communities
along the route who have cared enough to feed and house the Riders
and the Crews, and shelter and feed the horses, especially those in
2008 who literally saved the lives of the whole team by taking them
in during a blizzard and ensuring they were cared for.
I have to thank my family who every December put up with me being
on the Computer, either making the web pages up, or just making sure
questions were answered and people were happy with those answers.
Christmas has never been the same since 2008. But I knew that I was
doing it for the Spirit's of the Dakota 38 +, my late husband Chuck
Derby, and the Dakota People.
Please stay safe in this time of the Pandemic, hopefully we will all
be back to a sort of normal in a few months time, we have lived through
History my friends, please survive, and be happy. Much love to you
all. - Gloria
Looking to the future.....
(Prayers sent from me in England for the Riders, the Horses, the Crews,
the Communities who feed and house the riders, crew and horses, the
Supporters worldwide and YOU... Mitakuye Oyasin - 2017 but relevent
today in 2020.)
Smudge & Trusty Steed 17
A praying horse in Crow Creek,
in the early years. This was during the prayers at the start
of the Ride
Please stay safe.