Our Ancestors are not forgotten. Throughout Indian Country there has been many stories told of the atrocities that occurred to the Indian Nations in America. American Indian history is American history, by telling our stories of our ancestors we begin to mend, “the hoop.”
We do this by riding our horses through our ancestral lands which was Minnesota stretched out to Wisconsin and more before the exile and hanging of the Dakota 38 plus two on December 26,1862 occurred. Prior the Dakota Exile our Dakota people shared the territories in the Minnesota with the Ojibwe.
We continue to find and heal ourselves through our horse rides our significant cultural connections we have as Dakota people. We continue to learn how to accomplish healing with our youth as Dakota people through preservation. It is through the spirit of our horses which teaches us humility, responsibility, respect and trust we begin to identify and captivate our cultural lives. When we ride the lands we do learn our history, learn our stories, and do this through ceremonies on these rides. We share while we ride to the locations where we once inhabited. Every year we memorialize the Dakota Exiles however; this ongoing project we intend to remember and honor the Dakota Exiles but also, begin celebrating our culture through the historical lands we once inhabited.
Two years ago we did a ride from Sisseton, South Dakota too Madison, South Dakota to honor our ancestors that were exiled out of Minnesota known as the Dakota Exiles.
We rode our horses for four days and joined the Dakota 38 riders in Madison, South Dakota. Many conversations to place about this, we felt the need to express it through a ride of its own. Our youth gravitate to the teachings through spiritual horse rides, and seeing their ancestral lands provides profound positive impact in their lives. This year a small group of descendants of the Dakota Exiles started to plan a ride to fulfill this honoring and truth telling event.
This 637 journey ride will start in Canada with small group of our Dakota relatives. They will leave Sioux Valley, Manitoba and meet us at the U.S/ Canadian border which is roughly 100 miles a three-day ride for them.
From there Riders from various Dakota Reservations will take it the rest of the way down to Bdote also known as Fort Snelling, Minnesota where we will end the ride at.
Along the way we will be stopping at places such as Fort Abercrombie, North Dakota for an event that is planned which we will host Lacrosse games and guest speakers from our Ojibwe friends and relatives and Dakota relatives as well.
We welcome all riders to come out and ride with us to continue this journey of reconciliation of our Indian Nations and the continuation of mending of “the hoop,” for our future generations; our youth.
Unity Sweet Corn Treaty Event
We will be joining Ojibwe riders on April 20th and land in Fort Abercombie, North Dakota to celebrate the historical “Sweet Corn Treaty,” that occurred on August 15th 1870 with the Ojibwe and Dakota.
Our celebration is going to happen on Earth Day, April 22nd with profound speakers who can speak to the history of our Dakota and Ojibwe people, the treaty and our future plans in becoming unified again sharing our homelands and responsibilities to the lands, and water as well as respect for each other’s cultures and traditions by sharing once again as we did.
We plan to play Lacrosse (the Creator’s game), share stories and create our own treaty and truce of unity for our future generations. Our youth will be participating in these historical events.
We will conclude our cultural ceremonies to set our unification promise in stone.