Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2013 - Day 7

Today is December 16th 2013, and the seventh day of the Ride when the Riders are having a rest day in Flandreau, South Dakota. If you look on the Community page below you can see information on the towns the Riders go to. (Minnesota is also on there now)

Just because the Riders have a rest today, doesn't mean the web page will have one. I have some pretty cool photos to show on here, that were taken by a friend of mine, Julie Carrow, who lives in Pipestone. Yesterday she went out to meet up with the Ride and came back with some fantastic photos. So thank you Julie for allowing us to use them on here. More will be shown tomorrow.

If you are wondering why there are not many actual horse photos on these main pages it is because they will have their own page at the end of the Ride. I am collecting the photos as they go along, trying to find out details on each one so that they can be honored as the Treasures they are.

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 as they come in.

Coming into Flandreau Photo by Julie Carrow

As I sit here this day and read and watch the rider's and remember Jim Miller's dream, I am humbled by this ride. The powerful meaning has touched me every day. I follow every year as the rider's make their way. I offer , from me, an apology from my heart in what ever action or deed that any of my ancestor's have done to Native American's. I ask forgiveness for my ancestor's. It weighs heavy on my heart. I now follow and live this beautiful culture and I am thankful to those who have chosen to teach me. - Joy Maddox Dacus

Hihani waste to all family and relatives. I'm so full of gratitude for the riders and supporters, for my family, for my health and home and thankful for yours. It had been prophesied many years ago that our native people would be called upon to bring balance back into the universe. With all we've been through as a people we are still here and we still have the capacity to live, love and forgive. I am honored to know you all. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller


Thank you, for shaing with us..Ongoing prayers for the "Dakota 38 + 2 Warrior Riders", and thier horses, and all supporting along the way..may they have a safe and blessful journey, to and from...greetings from Arizona. "Sinnie", A'ho - Gertrena Santo

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
The Face Book group page of the Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2013
Trailer for 'Older Than America'
This movie made me cry and I don't cry much, it was so sad and touched my heart very deeply! - Starr Arellano
Joanne Shenandoah sings

So many songs and hours at my altar today.. so many prayers. Ride safety, oyate! -
Kayla Bluhm

Thank you for adding me to this site. May all involved have a safe and sacred ride. - Curt Lauret

Blessings for doing a Great Job and sharing, Prayers with Sage and Sweet grass for all of us, as you make it possible for all of us to be able share this journey - Mitukuye Oyasin - Janet Nagle

goodmorning to all.....wishing everyone & shunkawakans a blessed beautiful day for journey you take today! love thots & prayers frm ft washakie wyo - Maria Menard

Thank you for accepting me. I watch the movies Dakota38 and was deeply touched as I could feel the healing of this ride. Prayers to the riders and all of those who are helping this ride happen - .
Vickie Blackeagle Williams

Even AFTER the Ride, you ALL, esp the younger ones, WILL REMAIN in our thoughts and PRAYERS. The Prayers just DON'T stop with the Ride. We carry EVERYONE involved in our hearts. You are NOT forgotten......Your Family just got bigger. Hugs and Blessings - Abby Peawhisle

It's a rainy morning here, in South Louisiana, but that didn't stop me from offering tobacco for a safe journey. - Vicki Williams Barry


For the Memorial riders
I call my fastest horse from the darkness
Horse wild as wolf teeth
Horse patient as stone
Horse who whispers to wind
From the West he comes
Pejuta Sunuka
Medicine Dog
Yah Yahhhhhhhhhhhh

- Nancy Kohn Raven


The horse is even holding its head up with pride. Thank all the horses and riders for this wonderful commemoration. Praying for safety for horses and riders and support team. - Linda Daniel OConnell



The youth singing an Honor Song to thank the Community of Madison

I met Jim and Alberta Iron Cloud Miller on February 20, 2013 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix AZ. The film Dakota 38 + 2 was being shown. My friend had viewed the film and recommended that I see it. Said it was a part of my history. My mother Standing Rock Sioux, father Rosebud Sioux. I will never forget how this history impacted me. I will support Jim Miller's vision and pray for healing and reconciliation. - Rosetta Walker


Please keep Jim Miller in your prayers as he goes into hospital for surgery on Tuesday 17th December - Gloria Hazell-Derby

Coming into Flandreau

Thank the creator for the riders on their continued journey this year for healing and reconcilation for all native and none native people. Thank you riders for taking on such a difficult journey and hope to join you in future journeys.
Prayers for the riders! and all the supporters feeding and providing shelter for them and their horses big thank you and prayers for you all!
- Michael Ryan Smith


Being part of this ride, if only on the internet, has been a deepening experience for me of opening hearts. I think of the hardships of the ride, the cold wrapping around the riders and their horses, and am grateful that they are doing this as ceremony, as a journey toward forgiveness and reconciliation. In my faith tradition, these days before December 25 are a time of preparing ourselves for celebrating the birth of Jesus, who came to give show us the Creator's unbounding Love. You all are giving a great gift to those of us out here. Our prayers of thanksgiving are for what you are giving to us and to the world. - Julia Kahrl

Coming into Flandreau Photo by Julie Carrow

Just got out of inipi...so powerful to hear women folk sing and young boys sing too. Feeling blessed and cab hardly wait for daughter Deanna to come and ride w/ me at lower sioux...ty vm for the prayers and positive thoughts. ..humbled ? - Richard Milda

I saw the documentary on this ride on PBS last winter. it was very moving. i think It's something everyone in Minnesota should watch. I had never heard about the hangings until I visited Fort Sibley a few years ago and I thought I was fairly well informed. - Kris Weisbeck MacGregor

Tobacco down , prayers said.... as you continue this journey know that we in Winnipeg Manitoba have been following .... Miigwetch for your posts !! - Lorraine Clements

Thank you for filming and sharing. As I sit here warm and comfortable in Tempe Arizona, I pray for the safety of the riders and their horses. Prayers for braving the elements, for their sacrifice, for their commitment. Thank you doesn't seem to be sufficient enough.- Rosetta Walker

Two Riders braving the snow together Photo Julie Carrow

Galloping to Flandreau Photo by Julie Carrow

Love those horses, they gave of themselves so willingly, and with every step they took was a prayer for someone who needs it. - Darla Thiele

So proud of our Santee women going on the ride. They are carrying the prayers of our ancestors on their shoulders. - Lila Mechaley


LeAnne and others in Flandreau

Horses being fed in Flandreau


The frigid weather of South Dakota

Photo by Julie Carrow

Riding Double



Prayers for all. May you be tucked in - riders, horses and support team - and may you enjoy the day of rest tomorrow. Following with full heart. - Rita Marsh

Thank You Riders, organizers, volunteers, helpers...wishing you support from Nez Perce country. - Janelle DaChief Love


Cree following n prayers - James Bay- Cree North, Canada - Blueskywoman


Eastman Hall in Flandreau

Good morning all, wishing you another good day, rest well today, 4 leggeds need the rest to, for they carry you on the most powerful, humble journey. We will welcome you with open arms, hearts tomorrow. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Alice Erickson


I just found this page on day one of this year's ride. The ride is amazing. And a reminder of so so much... I respect all the riders, horses and behind the scenes helpers. I look forward to following this page into next year's ride. Thanks! - Sara EagleBoy


Thank you for adding me. I just found out about this ride today. From my heart, I offer prayers, support, thanks and apologies to the riders and all Native Americans.
- Kendall Gutierrez

Young Riders sharing with Flandreau youth.

Respect to The Riders...Thank-you for Inviting me to Learn.. by Joining You..i am Tusali, Patwin of the Wintun. - Tusali Wright



Thank you for sharing these photos....we are able to get a look at the strength....courage and purpose ....its depth ....through these....praying for the riders and beautiful ponies carrying them from SD~! - Marcine Larrison


Crossing the Highway on the way to Flandreau


Photo by Julie Carrow


Next Page. Eighth 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