The 7th Year of the Dakota 38 Wokiksuye Memorial Horse Ride is taking place, and the dream of prayer, healing and forgiveness for riders, communities and nations continues. Friends, allies and volunteers are invited to help in whatever way they can, such as: Hay and feed for horses, lodging, fuel and cooks to provide meals along the route. (From the letter that went out to the Dakota Oyate, relatives, friends and supporters)
JB Weston and Andy Weston have participated in all 7 years of the Dakota 38 Wokiksuye Memorial Horse Ride and are volunteers for planning and helping organize the annual event.
The Dakota 38 Wokiksuye Memorial Horse Rides organizes and leaves from Lower Brule, SD and stops to rest at two Dakota Tribes, Flandreau Santee and Lower Sioux Community, Minnesota. The ride started on December 10th at Lower Brule and ended December 26th at Land of Memories Park, Mankato, Minnesota.
The FSST Newsletter staff decided to place the schedule, days of travel and announcements to the riders in the newsletter so our readers can read the huge endeavor this is for the annual event. Pidamaya JB and Andy for being so dedicated to the Memorial Horse Ride and representing the Dakota’s from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe!
Dec. 14th: Howard to Madison. Horses can be kept at the Flandreau Indian School corral. Hay and water provided.
Dec. 15th: Madison to Flandreau. Meet with the Colman Public School Students. Rest at Prairie Junction Truck Stop. Coffee and snacks provided. Ride thru Flandreau up to FIS. Circle the horses between the Boys Dorm and the school building. Drum group Mato Pezuta will sing for end of day ceremony. Meal will be provided at the Tea Room on campus. Horses can be kept at FIS corral. Hay and water provided. Accommodations at the Royal River Casino and Hotel, 20 rooms reserved.
Dec. 16th: Day of Rest in Flandreau. Breakfast served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at FIS cafeteria with FIS students. There will be an assembly in the auditorium at 3:00 p.m., Dakota 38 Video/horse rider presentation. Horses kept at FIS corral. Hay and water provided. Donations to the ride provided by FIS staff and students. Accommodations at the Royal River Casino and Hotel, 20 rooms reserved, Tribal Discount.
Dec. 17th: Flandreau to Pipestone. Gather horses at FIS. Ride to Little Crow’s grave for Morning Prayer. Leave for Pipestone, MN. Rest/break at Ken & Sandra James Farm. Finish ride at Pipestone National Monument. Horses kept at FIS corral or Property in Pipestone. Hay and water provided. Meal provided by the Derby family and community at the Pipestone Indian Center. Accommodations at the Royal River Casino and Hotel, 20 rooms reserved. Pipestone Indian Center is open for anyone that needs a place to sleep.
Dec. 18th: Pipestone to Russell. Breakfast provided by Pipestone Indian Center. Leave for Russell, MN. Horses kept at Roger Hook’s property. Hay and water provided. Meal provided by the Community of Russell at the Community Hall in Russell. Accommodations at the Royal River Casino and Hotel, 20 rooms reserved.