Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event has moved to online viewing. Shun Wetlesen '22 will lead a pre- and post-film discussion of Dakota 38. The film starts at 8 p.m. via Zoom ID: 914 8384 7594. This presentation is part of observances for Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month and sponsored by the Student Multicultural Center.
In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback 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, 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.