Dakota 38 (2012) Trailer
Trailer for Dakota 38.
In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, had a dream in which 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 ordered by Abraham Lincoln Theater on December 26, 1862. Now, four years later, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream 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 aided by an old friend: the horse.