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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Video Feature Documentary: "Dakota 38 + 2" produced by Smooth Feather Productions and "2012 - Dakota 38 Memorial" Dedication in Mankato, MN USA

"Dakota 38" ~ To honour Native traditions surrounding ceremonies, "Dakota 38" is offered as a gift rather than for sale. In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a Dream riding on horseback (on December 26, 1862) across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862.

Now, four years later (2012), embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

Click here to watch the 2012 full documentary movie "Dakota 38" on Vimeo or YouTube

Click here to read about the music.

Click here to "Host A Screening"

"When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day."

Here is a link to an article about the 2012 ride, with great photos about the Dakota 38 Memorial in Mankato MN USA

2013 - Healing Through Remembrance: The Dakota 38+2 and How You Can Help

2013-2014: Donation to help children for the Ride

2013 - Year The Dakota Resolution passed in Saint Paul, Denouncing Genocide

2013 - A White Settler's Perspective: Listening and Losing The Sports Metaphors

2010 - Genocide in Minnesota: The Dakota Death March

2010 - Telling The Story Today: The US-Dakota War of 1862

For lyrics and music of the song the men sang on their walk up the stairs to their meet their Creator, and a poet's words, please see Marque Mathias Jensen's blog