Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2013 - Day 3

Today is December 12th 2013, and the third day of the Ride when the Riders will go 30 miles from Wessington Springs, to Woonsocket, South Dakota. I think this site will be one day behind because I am not getting the photos of the day in time to add to the day's page, so again today's will be from the journey to Wessington Springs and in Wessington Springs, with a few from Woonsocket. I will continue adding the comments from the Face Book group members each day and any stories that come in from the Ride. At the bottom of the page you will see I will be adding extra pages, so please if you see a live link click on it to see what is on there.. Videos and positive items of interest are added to the left side column of the page.
Tonight we ate at, and spoke with the Lutheran/Methodist Church in Wessington Springs. We are also staying at the 4-H building here in Wessington Springs. Thanks all in the community for welcoming us and listening to our stories.

Thanks to the Dakota Indian Foundation for supporting our journey.

From Keith Nichols

This photo came from the First day riding into Fort Thompson. Perry Little is carrying the staff. Don't they look fantastic!

© Sean Ryan

Native American brothers and sisters lets join these are awesome warriors who travel in peace, let us offer tabacco each day in prayer for the peace warriors safe travels. Great Spirit, guide our warriors safely on their journey, please protect them from the cold, may their journey be filled with many blessings. - Josef Marion

Spirit Braid in one of the Sanka Wakan's.

The Dakota 38 video from 2008
Map of the Ride - day by day
Blog from 2012 Ride
Dakota 38 website

Tears of joy and respect, and sadness come as photos and updates are uploaded. Wopila! Pilamaye for this ride, celebrate the coming of the oyate. Many songs and prayers sent to all the riders, coordinators, volunteers, and offerings of heat, food and space, and of course all others involved in keeping us updated. My altar is alive with Spirit and my heart rides with you. These songs are sent to you, family. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!
- Kayla Bluhm

It is so fitting that this ride is occurring right now on the heels of Nelson Mandela's death. Both the ride and Mandela enter into the sacred ground of forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us give prayers for both. The world needs these healing energies. - Julia Kahrl

Hi my prayers are with u my great grandpa is Henry Whitedog and my dad is Henry Whitedog from Eagle Butte
- Adell White-dog

I am with you in spirit for my gram Marie Edith Crow, her father Charlie Crow, grandmother's mothers Eliza Stone Walker and Julia John. It is hard to forgive everyone for everything. - Valerie Guimaraes

I will be riding with you in spirit! - Rachel Quale

Prayers for all the riders, horses, and all who are involved in this sacred ride. Was there to witness last year, wishing to go again, maybe next year. The feeling to be amongst this ride is awesome. Wopida Wakan Tanka!! - Barbara Eastman

The wind is blowing strong & cold this night and I think about the Riders and SunkaWakan of the 38 + 2, I ask Creator with a humble heart that you all have a warm, restful & safe night. Each of you remain in my prayers as you ride the trail of our ancestors. Nina Wopida Tanka to each of you for helping in the healing of the people. Pidamayaye, pidamayaye...Hanyetu Was'te
- Kiyukanpi Tiwahe

Sunrise on the 12th December

Morning prayers and smudge for all of you on day 3. I know you've awakened with sore achy muscles after a good nights rest. Many thanks for the sacrifice with prayers for all your people. We are one people and one with the indigenous relatives from all around the world. A friend from Hawaii will post information later about her class, they will be following the ride daily and she will show the film to her students and they will learn this history. You ride for the ancestors who are watching. Wopila tanka iciciyapi. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller


Good morning all, another day upon us, hope you all slept well. Weather should be improving as the days go by, not much snow, temps are going to be around 25-30. I pray for each and everyone one of you. Have a good day and ride. - Alice Erickson


Perry with the 38 + 2 Staff

Perry, Peter and Jessica


Prayers to All you Riders watched last years ride yesterday and to hear some of the testimonies from the riders brougt tears to my eyes around the whole ordeal of the 38 + 2. Wopida Tanka Mitakuyapi Aho! - Pierre Halsey

Moving on... Soon after this photo was taken two Eagles were seen circling over the Riders!! Aho Mitakuye Oyasin...



Hihanni waste! I am subbing for a Ute Language Teacher today and since I am not Ute and don't know the language, I'll be showing the Dakota 38 film. Prayers for the riders, the ridden, and the helpers. Pidamiya. - Iktomi Was'te Win Favel

On the way to Woonsocket


Hoka Hey Bless All Riders Threw Out The Years But Most Importantly Our Ancestors -
Megan N Benjamin Eagle

Going to Woonsocket

Prayers and tobacco offered for a safe journey. It's a chilly morning here, in Louisiana, but nothing like what you're dealing with. Stay warm. - Vicki Williams Barry

Young Riders with Richard. Showing off the 38 Jacket.

Well done all of you.




In from checking on Horses hayed and watered for the night..gn

Gm..much to do much prayers to say-think...Aho
- Richard Milda

Wilfred Keeble giving a presentation at Wessington Springs on the 11th



Sending prayers to you warriors from the mountains of Idaho. - Sallie Monday


Thank you for allowing us into your world. We will follow your journey with great admiration. We are in London, England but we have travelled the Mid-west and understand the sorrows and needs of the great Indian Nations. God Bless you and safe journey - Jacqui Norman

Smudging before the Ride

Dakota Indian Foundation
Thanks for the support.

Before the Ride began Lyndale Seaboy said prayers to send them safely on their way

Map of the Ride by Lou Fuentes

Next Page. Fourth Day



The links below will be added as each page is uploaded so that you will be able to look at any of the pages easier.

Day 1
Part 2, Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Pow wow
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17

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

Please click on the photo to see a larger size