you see them,
you accompany them,
two-legged and four-legged
making their way
from Lower Brule, SD to Mankota, MN.
They ride to remember.
They ride to honor the 38 Dakota
who were hung in Mankato in 1862
and two other Dakota, who were hung in 1864.
They ride in a spirit
of peace, understanding, and forgiveness.
May the horses and the riders
and their families and supporters
know your presence
offering strength and grace,
community and perseverance,
particularly in the cold of winter.
May their effort
touch hears and minds and spirits
across this country
and lead to repentance and repair
on the part of the dominant culture.
May it be so.
The executions resulted from the US-Dakota War of 1862. This source is the Minnesota Historical Society. A Go Fund Me page by the Dakota 38plus2 Wokiksuye Horse Ride 2022 provides information about the ride and the history behind it, including the conflict and the establishment of the ride. It offers an opportunity to support the ride and links to a vide about the ride.