Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride, An American Tragedy.
Mankato, Minnesota. (Maka Toh, Blue Earth). On December 26th 1862, 38 Dakota were hung at Mankato, Minnesota, for their resistance to promises not kept by the U.S. government to compensate the Dakota thru treaty. Three years later, on November 11th, 1865, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, two Dakota Chiefs were also hung. This stands today as the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.
After the Dakota Conflict, also known as the Minnesota Uprising or the U.S./Dakota War of 1862, the captives and prisoners were exiled to Crow Creek Agency at Fort Thompson, South Dakota. Further loss of life occurred when Dakota women and children died of cold and hunger during the winter of 1863 at the first concentration camp, established June 1st, 1863 in Dakota Territory. The suffering, humiliation, human degradation, and trauma inflicted on the exiled is unbelievable. (Google).
Lakota spiritual leader, Jim Miller, had a dream of a spiritual journey by horse, returning home to Minnesota for the Dakota. This spiritual journey, since 2005, has become an annual sacred horse ride to carry the message of reconciliation and healing through love and forgiveness, the vision Jim Miller received in his dream.
The Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Horse Ride carrying Jim Miller's message, has reached round the world. In 2007, a film crew joined the ride and produced an award-winning documentary called "Dakota 38+2" that is an immersion into the history of this American tragedy, as well as an in-depth documentation of the 2007 sacred journey http://smoothfeather.com/dakota38/
The Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Horse Riders are descendants of the Dakota from the Great Plains and Canada. In 1862, than Minnesota governor Ramsey proclaimed extermination of the Dakota, to be forever driven from Minnesota's borders and a $200 bounty was placed on all Dakota's scalp lock. We were hunted in our own homelands. We ride for healing and reconciliation for all.
Riders come from all across turtle island, Young and old, Native and non-Native, with or with out horse. We have riders from other countries who support and ride with us. All come to honor the 38+2, to bring awareness of US history, to remember, to pray, to heal, to sacrifice, through ceremony and the horse (equine therapy). Truth telling. The Seven Council Fire's story of American history needs to be told in order for healing to be complete. One example, Native American Youth are leading the country in suicides. Modern medicine is lost here.
The solution is to re-enculturate Native youth.
Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Horse Riders respectfully request your support for the journey. Many resources are needed to ensure that all the animals, riders, gear, and support staff have a successful and safe journey to Mankato Minnesota, and back home. A considerable quantity of materials is needed to facilitate the 16-day ride in the dead of winter, from feed for the horses to fuel for trucks and trailers. This is accomplished by the generous support from donors and supporters like you.
For all who will support our sacred journey of healing and reconciliation, and for the many who support us annually, too numerous to mention here, Wopida Tanka! (big thank you and gratitude)!
With Honor and Respect to the Dakota 38+2,
Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Horse Riders.