I would like to share a little known fact about President Lincoln. As the new movie has been released about President Lincoln and his name as well as his presidency has been on the lips of so many during President Obama’s campaign for re-election, I recognized that We, the royal we, are on the path of healing an old emotional wound from generations ago. So, please read for the rest of the story….
On December 26, 1862, 38 Native American men were hung as the result of an uprising by the Dakota people. The causes of the Dakota Conflict were many and complex, but focused mainly on the failure of the United States government to keep the treaties which promised food and annuities to the Dakota people. The hanging, following trials which condemned over three hundred participants in the 1862 Dakota Conflict, stands as the largest mass execution in American history. Only the unpopular intervention of President Lincoln saved 265 other Dakota and mixed-bloods from the fate met by the less fortunate thirty-eight. The mass hanging was the concluding scene in the opening chapter of a story of the American-Sioux conflict that would not end until the Seventh Cavalry completed its massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on December 29, 1890. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_War_of_1862 This year is the 150th anniversary of that mass execution.
Jim Miller, a Native Spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, had a dream in 2007 about these ancestors. Jim and about 100 riders will re-trace the 330-mile route of his vision/dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution (www.smoothfeathers.org)
One of my favorite organizations, Gathering Thunder Foundation, would like to create a sponsorship of each of the riders. Gathering Thunder Foundation’s vision for this sponsorship would include a blanket (cost of $35) for each rider – with the Gathering Thunder Foundation logo embroidered on it – along with the name of one of the riders so that you can offer prayers for them as they battle the elements on their journey from South Dakota to Minnesota.
If you feel the call to assist and support the riders, please donate to Gathering Thunder Foundation, http://www.gatheringthunderfoundation.org (click on the Thunderbird icon), or if you would like more information about this sponsorship, please contact David Sterken at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we help the Lakota people to heal emotional and physical wounds, we also assist all of humanity to heal.