Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride 2013 - Day 1

Today is December 10th 2013, and the Ride begins at the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota. I will try to put photos and interesting snippets from the Riders and support people on here every day of the Ride. Also mixed comments from the Face Book group members will be added. Videos and items of interest will be added to the left side column.

Spirit Braid in one of the Sanka Wakan's this morning..

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

Thoughts, prayers, for all of you. You will be starting this day with much love from many, we all pray for you to endure the elements, pray for the 4 legged ones also. I am sure there is much sadness in the hearts of some, Creator will help. I know personally, my thoughts will be with all of you. Love all.- Alice Erickson

Heart felt prayers and a wish for safe travels to all who are involved in this year's ride. Blessings on you all. - Melissa Lane

Our prayers from here in Missouri are with the riders and the horses. And the helpers along the way too - Bud Moellinger.

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. Know we ride with you ALL, surrounding you with our Prayers, Blessings and Love - Abby Peawhisle.

May your journey be safe and your ride be fulfilling. Prayers for all who are riding with you. - Melissa Hughes Wolfle

You have many prayers, blessings and so much heartfelt love coming from so many people as you traverse eastwards. It is a good day to Ride! - Gloria Hazell-Derby

Arvol Looking Horse speaking to the Riders on the eve and morning of the 2013 Ride

From Josette Peltier:
Hehanni Wast'e! Relatives! Restful night. Up before the alarms started going off. Good to see some of the Sisseton riders. Everyone getting ready to get started. This morning, I prayed for a good day's ride. We have so much to be grateful for. Arvol spoke last night n gave words of encouragement to the riders n supporters. We are busy loading up everything. You all have a good day.

Before the Ride started, Peter Lengkeek, Jake Iron Cloud, Defond Wells, Mason Red Wing show off their new jackets.


From Shelley Bointy:
'Said prayers this morning for the Dakota 38 riders as they begin their ride to Mankato. My Ate' started the ride last year...he will join the ride as they get into Minnesota this year. Prayers for good weather and that all their needs are met during this time. We were blessed to be able to spend time with Jim and Alberta Iron Cloud Miller, and Pete Lengkeek last week. Their presence, their words, their experiences had a huge impact on many of us and I'm grateful that Tunkashina brought them here. Can't wait to see them again.'

From Alberta Iron Cloud Miller: December 8th 2013:
As the Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride begins it causes me to reflect on the blessings that have come from the Dakota 38 and the Creator for it is through their influence and love for their people that the dream was given to mihasani Jim Miller. He was given the message and he followed through. We've met so many people on this journey who never knew that Abraham Lincoln condemned these Dakota warriors to death. We've met so many who never knew their own Dakota history, especially the young people. We never knew that the Dakota who fled across the Medicine Line (Canada) are still considered refugees. We met elders who told us that the ancestors must see the suffering and want their people to heal. The ride is for healing the people and the world. Forgiveness and reconciliation is a huge responsibility which many still cannot see because of the heavy burden carried from historical trauma. Let us keep focused on our prayers. Jim always says that the dream is not about him, it never was, it is the message that is important. In support of the ride there are so many beautiful people out there who give of themselves such as the riders, the support team, the runners, the women in prison who conduct their own ceremony for the Dakota 38. The healing is spreading!

Right: Jim Miller

Mason Red Wing videoing for a school project. Mason has ridden a number of times before.


Sheldon Whipp, Meskwaaki relative on the Ride this year.



Some of the girls on the Ride, Hazel Hallum,Leann Red Owl,Gabby Flute Player

Peter Lengkeek and Jessica Little

The Riders and support crew prior to the start of the Ride


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

The start of the First Day's Ride December 10th 2013. Hoka Hey!!

Next Page. Ceremony at Memorial at the Missouri River



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

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