Merry Christmas to all the Dakota38+2 riders Nina Wopida for the
sacrifices you made..as it's hard to be away from your families you
are the blessed ones because you are in ceremony spending time with
our ancestors..so much respect and love for each one of you. Christmas
hugs going out to ny misun Seth Eastman!!! - Wakaninajinwin Eastman
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
in one of the Sanka Wakan's.
So many songs and hours at my altar today.. so many prayers. Ride safety,
oyate! - Kayla
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
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
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
- Nancy Kohn
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
I would like to say this, it was hard for me to enjoy Christmas Eve
last night. I thought of the Rider's, family, friends. But, I was with
my family, which made me feel better. For some reason, the spirit of why
we have Christmas was in the back of my mind and the 38+2 had to leave
this world. I tear up thinking of this, no matter what time of year, day
etc. This will always be with me, and I will support the Ride as long
as I can. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Alice Erickson
As riders, runners and supporters prepare for the days trek I offer
prayers of strength for all. My daughter is Wakanyubdecewin Mckay &
my grandmother Alice McKay ( Wakanyubedecewin) My grandmother was born
at Morton in 1892. Our trip has made such a big difference in my daughter's
life and mine ..I wished we could have come back once again.. Love, Respect,
Strength, Humility, Prayer - Curtis Mckay
Riding for her late Grandfather
Well here in Courtland,Minnesota at the community center.
Been a long day. I drove today n stayed behind the riders. It
was very powerful. Prayers said n songs sang, I know helped
the riders n horses. What I felt was very spiritual. These riders
n horses endured so much riding for the Dakota 38+2, our ancestors,
the Oyate n their own prayers. They have sacrificed so much.
Please thank them in prayer if not in person. Every year the
love n compassion seems to grow with what these riders give
of themselves. Wopila Tanka! - Josette Peltier
Merry Christmas to the riders and their families....I am
proud of your courage and sincerity for all of us and our ancestors!!
I'm there in prayers with u all!!! - Tonia White
Prayers for the riders and horses today as you ride to Reconciliation
Park. Thank you for all that you have done to open the eyes
and hearts of so many. A very Merry Christmas to you and your
families - Mitakuye Oyasin! - David J. Sterken
Prayers for All on this Day.....for the Riders and Horses,
Supporters, and Contributors...for the Past, Present and Future,
Thank You for Riding for us all.... - Doug Luzar
Well wisher's and blessings to all the rider's, helper's
and everyone else involved and supporting the Dakota 38 + 2
memorial ride and othe'sr. I cannot wait till I come to the
States and experience this wonderful event. Love from New Zealand.
xx - Toirangi
My gratitude for the riders and the Sunka Wakan for their perseverance
in these harsh days. Wopila to our elder Jim Miller for his
courage by sharing this vision with the World. Another thank
you to elder Tokala Two Elk, that visits our community and shared
the song that the Dakota 38 were singing as they were going
to be executed. There is healing and good feelings amongst the
people. My heart is singing!
- Joy Fox
The most important
job of the day... Feeding the horses.
is great part of ceremony but at the end of the day the horses
need food and water and we work hard to make sure that happens.
- Keith Nichols
truly is an honor, thank you Creator for the opportunity to
serve, even if it is HAY! - Susan Anderson
On the way
Sending up Prayers for the riders and their families. God
bless everyone. - Betty Kay
I get well from this leukemia, back in the saddle....I agree.
- Sharon Kitchen
I apologize if I posted too many, just didn't want to skip
one that you were in
Two-legged and then four-legged encircled the drum for the morning
ceremony which sent and received energy to and from the Four
Directions. I kept my camera inside my parka for fear it would
freeze! Then the horses circled around us and headed down the
road toward Courtland. We trailed along just to the highway
crossing before turning onto the scenic county road. We followed
along the south side of the Minnesota River where my relatives
lived and thrived "before contact" until they were
driven from Mni Sota Macoge. Wopida tanka for the opportunity
to be among my far flung relatives, gathered in a circle to
begin the last days of this monumental ride. At some point everyone
participating has stated their reason for being here. Healing,
peace, for my family, for the people, understanding, for the
children and the elderly....this is why we ride. It's powerful.
photos are of the Red Eagle family
This is our second year coming to support the ride. Today
was the first time we got to ride. It was very humbling to be
able to ride with my children. While riding in the freezing
cold all I could think if is what our ppl went through. Seeing
our relatives come from all over to pray and support one another
gives me hope for our future. Thanks to our relatives who let
us ride their horses. Merry Xmas -
Jeremy Red Eagle
I am happy you n your family are with us here on the Dakota
38+2 ride. You riding today brought joy to my heart. Knowing
that you n your family come a long distance to pray with relatives.
Wopila Tanka! - Josette Peltier
May each and everyone involved with this Ride receive a Major
Blessing in their Lives from the Creator! Aho... - Robert
Sending prayers and blessings your way. Safe travels
- Noreen Picken
and blessings to all involved in the ride. - Rod Barnes
Oh how I wish I were riding with - Nancy McPeek Young
sores on my butt or no saddle sores on my butt, I wanna ride
someday. - Larry J McNeely
Christmas is a tradition that hasn't been practiced in our
home since 2005, the year that the Dakota 38 +2 Wokiksuye Ride
started. I seen that in this season of giving which is what
the larger society calls it, that the riders gave of themselves
in a powerful way. After watching the men, women and children
moving with prayer and being a part of a circle of love I knew
this was a natural reason for the season. My takoja and children
know this and it hasn't traumatized them in anyway because they
recognize that they receive gifts year round. - Alberta
Iron Cloud Miller
Matt Goertz the gift of wood that you shared with us was
passed on to relatives who ran out of wood. This family is now
warm, your gift provided a very basic human need, to have warmth.
- Alberta Iron Cloud Miller
Happy Holidays to my Dakota 38 family! Amazing how close
we've become through the power of the internet! We are truly
thankful for the support, well wishes and prayers, not only
from across the country, but around the world! Blessings to
the riders, horses and support staff for their dedication and
commitment! We will all be with you at 10:00am tomorrow in spirit!
Hope you can feel the strength and power! - Lou Fuentes
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and thanking all involved
with the ride. When I watched the movie 2 years ago, it changed
my life. Words cannot say that what has done for my spirit.
I lift up all of you in prayer as you make your way to Mankato
. I know in my heart, many have been touched and lives have
been changed. Thank you all! - Joy Maddox Dacus
Merry Christmas to all of the riders and their families.
I have watched in awe at every milestone that you have had to
overcome and all of the hardships and sacrifices that you have
endured. You not only bring pride to your own tribe for what
you are doing, you bring pride to all who are Native - Cheryl
Part of the
Courtland clean up crew
Please say a prayer for this blessed newborn takoja, Reyes
Stein, who will be undergoing surgery today to correct a blockage
in his tiny stomach. He's been literally starving since he's
unable to process milk due to this condition. His mother, Donna
Stein, organized a fund raiser for the Ride at the American
Indian Magnet School in St. Paul. Wopila! - Alberta Iron
is Victoria Reyes mom miigwetch for all the prayers n positive
energy for my baby boy. His surgery went great and hes resting
now. - Monique Nelson
to all the riders - drivers - food prepare-ers and providers
- spiritual leaders and supporters - have a wonderful Christmas
day, so thankful for all you are doing for past and future generations
- healing and reconciliation is happening I've seen it on the
ride and experienced with you all! - Hasta manaña familia!
Merry Christmas, What a Journey! Respect, Honor, and Love,
with Warm Hugs to you All and your Families from Arizona! -
of the Courtland crew
Dedication...determination...strength...everything you touch,
whispers "sacred". My humble thanks and all honor
to you ! - Ruth Gerhardt
Warrior's of Peace
Thank you for your sacrifices and offerings of peace on this
Holy day. They are healing our nation.
" I will be truthful.
I will suffer no injustice.
I be free from fear.
I will not use force.
I will be of good will to all men.
By Dakota Wicohan
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
Oyate Duta Ob'Mani Jackson
donations of $ or food please contact Darwin at 507-430-5246,
He can direct you.
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
As you near the end of your journey, know that people all
over the world are with you. You are honoring the ancestors
in ways that may not even come to you until later..but, you
will know. I send prayers for strength, healing, and understanding.
- Vicki Williams Barry
Sending up prayers for a safe journey today :) Happy Holidays
Riders of Dakota 38 + 2 :) - Wakinyan Nape Catka
Prayers for the riders who are sacrificing time with their
families to brave the cold in memory of our ancestors. -
Dina Eastman Canku
May all involved with this ride be blanketed in Harmony today;
may your ride be safe and sound. Blessings and thank you for
doing this - Janet
Today our relative from way up north in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
will be arriving in Mankato to be with you all. Please say hello
to Shiloh Angeline and her friend who will be there this evening
after three long days of travel. Shiloh shares that she felt
the spirit moving her to be there. I told her that I would introduce
her to sister Josette Peltier via FB since I can't be there.
- Alberta Iron Cloud Miller
Happy Holidays to all of the riders, horses, and supporters.
See you tomorrow at Reconciliation Park! You are all inspiring!
- Liz Ninetyninepercent Conner Ratcliff
First of all thank you to those who are honoring the 38 Dakota,may
your day be blessed. I did have plans to meet the riders and
runners in Mankato yet due to medical complications with my
father I am unable to be there.I will pray for your family's
as well as all those who make this ride of remembrance special.
- . Daniel Wayne Mayotte.
I think a lot of us are feeling like you are! Something about
this ride has stirred me deeply since the first time I saw the
video. (I think I have seen it about 5 times.) This year it
has been like being there with the awesome day by day updates.
I would like to make a committment to next year get it together
to get some donations together and be with the ride to help
cook. (That's one thing this pushing 60 year old can do; I can
help cook!) - Diane R. Anderson
A group of Riders and