Screening and discussion of “Dakota 38”
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. “When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator… As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.” 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. “We can’t blame the wasichus anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.” 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.
Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values and way of life. A New View Film Series seeks to promote understanding and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding, social justice and diversity and, civil discourse.
The series will take place every other month from September 2019-March 2020 at Butler University’s Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (located adjacent to Robertson Hall). Doors open at 6:30 PM, film screening begins at 7:00 PM.
The Series is free and open to the public.