'Dakota 38' to be shown Feb. 26 in Austin
AUSTIN — The "Dakota 38," a film about a 330-mile horseback ride to commemorate the hanging of 38 Dakotas warriors on Dec. 26, 1862, in Mankato, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Christ Episcopal Church, 301 Third Ave. N.W., Austin.
Jim Miller, a Native American spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran whose dream inspired the ride, will introduce the film and lead a conversation afterwards.
In the spring of 2005, Miller had a dream that he was 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.
After the dream, he led riders from Lower Brule in South Dakota to Mankato to commemorate the executions.