Native American Annual Wokiksuye Ride To Remember Largest Mass Execution In U.S. History by President Lincoln


Every year, the Dakota 38+2 riders brave the most brutal of weather to journey around 330 miles from Lower Brule, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota.

Horse’s very name in Dakota – Sunka Wakan – contains “wakan,” a word for sacred, according to Konnie LeMay of Indian Country Media Network.

About 60 riders mounted their horses on December 10, after a day of ceremonies and preparation for the 11th annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride.


These women pause to pray near Morton, Minnesota during the Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride.

From elders to children as young as 8 years old, they have been making their way more than 300 miles through frigid temperatures from Lower Brule, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota, planning to arrive on a day of infamy for the Dakota people.

LeMay says, “on December 26, 1862—the day after a religious holiday celebrating the birth of a forgiving, loving Christ—the United States hanged 38 Dakota men in a mass execution in retaliation for the six-week-long conflict called the U.S.-Dakota War that was spurred by starvation and repeated violations of treaty promises. Months later two additional men were kidnapped from Canada, where they had fled, and were executed in 1865.”

These are some of the things the riders keep in mind and pray about while on their journey.


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