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  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College to host Dakota Tribal College Alliance, Dakota 38+2 Riders

  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) will be hosting the Dakota Tribal College Alliance today, Nov. 8, from 1 – 4 p.m.
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  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten, will be hosting the Dakota Tribal College Alliance today,  Nov. 8,  from 1 – 4  p.m.
    Since 2008, the Dakota (Tribal College) Alliance has established significant networking activities for our Dakota culture and language faculty and elder experts. During this upcoming event, an updated MOA (memorandum of agreement) will be signed by all those who attend. The purpose of the original MOA was to “establish a Dakota Knowledge Network by forming an alliance of Dakota tribal colleges who serve Dakota communities.” Our hope is to extend this agreement to any/all who are interested in working together and sharing tools toward perpetuation of Dakota language and culture. The tribal college system is finding that students who are rooted in their culture are having more positive academic outcomes and social success.
    Following the Alliance forum on Thursday afternoon, participants are welcome to attend the “Dakota 38+2 Riders” conference that will begin on Friday, Nov. 9 also at CCCC in Fort Totten. As part of that event, CCCC will host a traditional powwow on Saturday evening, Nov. 10 and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s.
    Dakota 38+2
    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 woke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hung. Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) will be hosting the convening of the riders from the past years for a conference Nov. 9-11. The riders from the past six years will be meeting to discuss the significance of the ride. There will be planning sessions for the upcoming ride scheduled for December. The ride this year is part of a large commemorative for the 150th Anniversary of the hangings. As part of that event, CCCC will host a traditional powwow on Saturday evening, Nov. 10 and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans.
    Dec. 26, 1862 is remembered as the day when thirty-eight Dakota were hung in the largest mass execution ever recorded in the United States in Mankato, Minn. as a result of the 1862 Dakota War.  After the execution, Congress proceeded to abrogate the 1851 and 1858 treaties with the Dakota Nations, exiled the Oyate (People) from the state of Minnesota, imprisoned Dakota men, and sent over 1,300 women, children and elders to a prisoner of war camp on the Missouri River in the spring of 1863.  Two years later in January 1864, Sakpe (Six) and Medicine Bottle were kidnapped while in Canada and hung in a public execution.   This story is virtually unknown and untold in the history books and has resulted in damaging consequences called historical trauma.  This gathering will bring together Dakota elders, tribal leaders, horse riders, Dakota historians and Dakota winyan (women) societies together to begin the healing.  We will also learn about the grief resulting from the loss of the sacred horse. Substance abuse personnel, suicide prevention personnel, tribal youth workers and tribal leaders are invited to attend to this culturally based healing gathering.
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    The college is named in honor of Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop), the Dakota name of Paul Yankton, Sr., PFC, who served with the United States Army’s 11th Infantry at Lorraine, France, and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was killed in action on November 29, 1944. Cankdeska Cikana was a proud Dakota warrior who believed in self-responsibility and the need for education opportunities for Native people.