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LIVE CAM Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Memorial Ride and Annual Mankato Run 2009 December 13 – 26, 2009

Crow Creek Sioux Land is NOT For Sale

CLICK HERE to sign the demand to return of the unlawfully auctioned Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Lands to their rightful owners.


To: Dakota Oyate, friends and supporters.
Date:  December 15, 2009.
Re: Ride Itinerary and Donation Needs – on behalf of Peter Lengkeep, Crow Creek SD -2009 Eagle Staff Carrier.

The organizers who continued to fulfill the vision and commitment of the Dakota Wokiksuye Memorial Ride need your support.    The 5th Year of the Ride is taking place and the dream of prayer, healing and forgiveness for riders, communities and nations continues.  This is a call for friends and volunteers to help in whatever way they can, such as:  Hay and feed for horses, lodging, cooks to provide meals along the route, and a final feast on December 26, 2009, when Riders and Mankato Runners arrive at Land of Memories Park in Mankato.

Changes to Schedule and Route (see * for changes)

Dec. 13-17 – Riders will support Crow Creek Dakota Oyate.  Leave Flandreau, S.D. on Dec. 17th; Leave Pipestone, MN, on the 18th to Russell and Milroy, MN).

Dec. 20 (Sun.)– Arrive Birch Coulee Battlefield/Morton, MN (Horses will be corralled at Strong Family Ranch/Birch Coulee).

Dec. 21 (Monday) – Rest Day.  Horses corralled at Strong Family Ranch/Birch Coulee.

Dec. 22 (Tues.) 5:30 p.m. – Opening Feast – (Morton City Hall.*) sponsored by Lower Sioux elders and families.

Dec. 23 (Wed.) 9 a.m. – Ceremony at Birch Coulee Battlefield. Riders leave Birch Coulee/Morton to Fort Ridgley.

5:30 p.m. – Return for evening meal at Morton City Hall sponsored by Upper Sioux Community, Granite Falls. Horses corralled at Strong Family Ranch/Birch Coulee.

Dec. 24 (Thurs). 9 a.m. Fort Ridgley to Courtland.  Horse corralled at Courtland/Folsum Family Ranch.

6p.m. Meal at Courtland Community Center.

Dec. 25 (Friday) 9 a.m. Courtland to Mankato, Land of Memories Park.  Horses corralled at Courtland/Folsum Family Ranch.

5:30 p.m. Memorial Feast sponsored by Cloud-Eagle Chief Family at Best Western Banquet Room, No. Mankato.

Dec. 26, a.m. – 9 a.m. Riders leave Land of Memories Park to downtown Mankato, Ceremony.  Return to Land of Memories Park to greet Mankato Runners.

Dec. 26 –Noon, approx. Final Honoring Feast for Riders and Runners, Best Western Motel, No. Mankato.  Conclude  2009 Wokiksuye Memorial Ride and Mankato Run activities.

If you can donate financially to the Dakota 38 Memorial Ride,  send donations, Dakota Wicohan, P.O. Box 7, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or through the official website:  Dakota 38 website, 2008 news/photos and updates:  http://www.smoothfeather.org/dakota38/.

If you can Volunteer, Cooks and servers are needed for the final feast.  (Menu, soup, fry bread, coffee, tea, water, fresh fruit)  Contact Info: Cooks/meal volunteers – Yvonne Leith (320-226-6994)or Fern Cloud, Granite Falls, MN 320-564-4954.

For Rider/Horse needs, MN Coordinator, Darwin Strong, 507-430-5246.  Lead Riders: Peter Lengkeep 605-730-3128 and Julian Boucher 605-268-6983.  

Mankato Run Info: Dallas Goldtooth, Minneapolis, 507-210-4679.

Wopida, thanks to the many  communities, tribal communities, organizations, churches and families who have offered help and support on this sacred, healing journey.

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