Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2013 - Day 14

Today is December 23rd 2013, and the fourteenth day of the Ride when the Riders are staying in Morton again tonight although they did ride to Fort Ridgley today. . They will be moving on in the morning to Fort Ridgley, and then on to Courtland, where they will stay in the Community Center for the night. Thanks to Jackpot Junction, the Community Center, the Darwin Strong Farm, and all of the families that cooked for the Riders over the past few days. If you look on the Community page below you can see information on the towns the Riders go to.

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. If any of you have stories of the horses on the Ride, please let me know so they can be added to the page.

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.

Right at the bottom of the page are the details for ordering one of the jackets.


Jim Miller honoring his sister Josette Peltier with a gift for all of the work she has done on the Ride and for the Riders

Morning prayers and tobacco offered. Here's praying that this ride will impact the young people in positive ways, for the rest of their lives. - Vicki Williams Barry

Spirit Braid in one of the Sanka Wakan's.


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

Map of where you are located

Blog from 2012 Ride
Blog for 2013 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
Larry Long Water in the Rain
Postcards from Pioneer TV MN

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

Not a lot of photos today...

On the road to Fort Ridgley


Prayers - Janet Nagle

Tunkasila, have pity on us. We are pitiful peoples. The riders left from Birch Coulee for Ft. Ridgeley in below zero temps. Have pity on the Sunka Wakan. I felt an urge to sing this Unci/Kunsi song that I have learned. The feeling that overcame me, was so overwhelming. Tunkasila hear my prayers I say for the Sunka Wakan, the riders n the runners. I humble myself before you. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Josette Peltier

Please stay safe, warm, very frigid temps today and tomorrow. Light snow with wind in our area, blowing snow here, tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers will follow you as you continue the last leg of this powerful ride. Bless all. - Alice EricksonDakota

Up and at it, headed to Birch Coulee to ready the horses. I pray for a safe and good ride today for horses and riders. 2 degrees with a wind chill of 25 - 35 below. - Lynny Prince

On the mountain today...will be praying for everyone..Dakota 38 +2 riders...journey on, we are following you!
- Pua Case

Coming into Fort Ridgley

Sitting at the airport watching the Dakota 38 and I feel a little different now after this years ride. Feeling the Healing. Prayers for the riders today, HOKA!
- Kxsw-fm Dakotah-Radio

Prayers for the riders I was reading posts Josette Peltier posts same here when I think of the ride being at home the most overwhelming feelings of sadness and tears!! I know hoe out ancestors suffered! And the children at this time I think of all that remain in fostercare!! Thank you for all that are riding!! - Janice Howe

Many thanks to all the supporters near and far who are keeping the riders in their hearts. There are more riders pulling in from all the directions, there's a strong pull to ride even if its -13. Keeping the Si Tanka Riders in our prayers as well. Our 3 nephews (Dustin Baird, Jake Iron Cloud, Richard Milda) will be riding again so I ask our Mahpiya Maza tiwahe to remember them. Dustin drove in from Denver and arrived at 2:00 am yesterday morning. Wish I could stay and be with them but we need to head home today. Thank you to Sandee Geshick and her crew for providing the meals to the riders, ever so grateful for this time. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller

I'm so fortunate that I was able to hear stories from some of the riders about what pulled them to the ride. Kentucky's story was so moving, we decided that we really need to have a group conversation about genetic memory. Its obvious that the ancestors have been sending messages to many of the riders and that is what brought them here. Thank you Lynny Prince and Kentucky for being part of this family.
- Alberta Iron Cloud Miller

Thinking of all the Riders, Horses, and supporters on this really cold day. Prayers for you all! - Kandi World Turner

Prayers for all the riders, prayers for my son Denton as he joins the riders for the last leg! - Collette Renville

Beautiful people from all over come here and bring their goodness. It is powerful. I am honored and grateful. Wopida tanka. - Betty Sheldon

Perry and Jacob walking

Prayers for Safe Travels to everyone riding....Thank You So Much.- Mary Goette

Prayers too the riders and everyone participating in this. its so beautiful that this is going on makes me proud to be Dakota. - Juanetta Standfast

This is sunrise sun sign/blessing at Morton, MN as the Dakota Riders leave to continue on their journey. This sign came after resting, eating & pow wow, and the farriers came to take care of the horses. - Lisa Yankton

Keep me posted on what time everyone's gonna Circle Up tomorrow morning. It would be an honor to be able to sing for all of you again. I had a dream the other night I was singing for all of you, and today I talked to my Great Grandmother, my Kunsi, And she told me about her Grandfather John W Redwing and her Great Grandfather William Columbus, who were both Taken to Prison in Davenport. Had they all been Hanged by Lincoln My family would have been changed. But they're strength and courage wouldn't let that happen and they made it to be among the many first homesteaders in Wakpan Ipaksan MdeWakanton. I feel a Sacredness to be able to say that. I pray for all of you for strength and warmth. I have nothing but Respect for all of you.
Pidamayedo Tanka To all of You for doing these sacred things. I'm here to give you my voice, for the Sunka Wakan Oyate and all you Warriors. Hau Mitakuye Oyasin
- Tracii Gunz Barse


Fort Ridgley

Hihanna waste' Dakota 38+2 riders...morning prayers...ride safe and keep warm!! - Wakaninajinwin Eastman

Good Morning
I send you all my love and prayers on the cold morning.
May you be warmed by the prayers of your ancestors, who are sending you a blanket of prayers filled with their light and love to keep you warm and safe today.
“O Creator, give me, I pray thee, light on my right hand and light on my left hand and light above me and light beneath me,
O creator, increase light within me and give me light and illuminate me.” A.T.M.

- Annie Hansen

prayers out to the whole group for a beautiful day & safe travels - Tina Scheidle

This is wishing all the riders the very best on the final stretch of your healing journey, God bless you indepth. - Joan van der Heijde

Stay warm Riders! I am holding you in warm thought and prayer on this cold winter morning. Aho! - Nancy J. Horvath

Sending prayers and Harmony to the riders and horses today, as well as ALL the behind the scenes folks. Take care, be safe, be warm. - Janet Roper

As I offer tobacco on this cool morning in South Louisiana, I pray for an inner fire, for the riders and their helpers, to help keep them warm on this very cold day in Minnesota. You all humble me. - Vicki Williams Barry

Aho, wopida tanka. Prayers back at you. - Allen Longie

Your prayers will help them as they ride today in frigid temps. It is expected to be -13. Thank you. - Alberta Iron Cloud Miller

Am here on the ride also very osni out! Bbbbrrrrrrt - Allen Longie

bundle up really well and be safe - Vicki Williams Barry

Prayers on Smoke and Sound for a Safe Ride....Listen for the Sound of Flute in the Wind...... - Doug Luzar

Richard with Rider Cheyenne

My Father, Leland Spotted Bird, My Nephew, Emerson Boyd, My Cousin, Tuffy First are Riding in this Ride. My Mother, Doris Spotted Bird, and Nephew's Girlfriend, Talissa Eder are following in the Truck and Horsetrailer. I am Very Proud to have Family Members Representing in Such an Honorable Ride.......Pidamiya! - Myron Lee Spotted Bird

A big THANK YOU and a shout out for ALL the farriers who provided services to the Riders and their horses. Can we have a list of who they are and where they are located? Deb ? in Pipestone for one. Blessings.... - Abby Peawhisle

Blessings shining down on the riders as we prepare to journey to Ft. Ridgely this morning. - Lynny Prince

My heart goes out to all, the elements are brutal, please Tunkasila watch over each and everyone of our Riders, the four leggeds. -
Alice Erickson

Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson.

My grandma Beatrice Jackson is bringing 38 lbs. of smoked white fish to the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride. — Eric Peters

I feed the people, I pray for the people, I share my stories for the people, I advocate for the people, I enjoy the people .... I do all this and more to bring awareness and honor to my ancestors, for it was them who sacrificed for us.... to do otherwise would be a dishonor. ihun hecetu - Sandee Geshick

We cannot be there, but we send prayerful support from Boise, Idaho along with several folks of Dakota/Lakota/Nakota heritage who are following you on the blog. We spent 20 years with the Memorial Run from Fort Snelling while living in Mankato, MN and welcome this great effort to complement the honoring of the Dakota 38+2. - Sheryl Dowlin

Mitakuye Oyasin.
Bruce and Sheryl Dowlin

for Morton

Meals: all meals on Dec 20, 21, 22 and 23rd and breakfast on the 24th will be served in the
Lower Sioux REC Center....
Fri, dec 20th: dinner - - Dakota Wicohan
Sat dec 21st: breakfast - - Dakota Women'sSociety
dinner - - Thompson Family
Sun dec 22nd: breakfast - O'Keefe family
dinner, Columbus Tiwahe
Mon Dec 23rd: breakfast - - Lower Sioux Health Department
dinner - - Lower Sioux Community
Tuesday, dec 24th: breakfast - -Cindi Wittwer
dinner - - Upper Sioux Community in Courtland
Sandee Geshick

and Mankato
By Dakota Wicohan

The Dakota 38+ 2 Ride.. .
Meals for Dec 25th Dinner at 6pm
and Dec 26th Lunch at 1pm
at the United Methodist Chruch at 325 Sherman Street in Mankato. The corner of Blegrade and Sherman in North Mankato. 507-625-3759
If you are staying at the Best Western the front desk clerks will provide maps and directions.
Please bring a dish to share with the riders and supports. Pidamaya ye -

Oyate Duta Ob'Mani Jackson

For donations of $ or food please contact Darwin at 507-430-5246, He can direct you.

Remember, Dec 26 the meal at 1:00 pm is for the runners coming from Fort Snelling and the Riders coming from Lower Brule. - Keith Nichols

A painting of the Dakota 38


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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