Red Cloud’s War

Some food for thought….


Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 11.35.50 PMOn December 21, 1866, Lakota, Cheyenne, & Arapaho warriors dealt the US military a devastating defeat at the Battle of the Hundred Slain. The battle was a part of what is called Red Cloud’s War from 1866-1868, which ended in the defeat of the US military leading to the signing of the 1868 Ft. Laramie treaty.

All US military forts throughout the Powder River region were burnt down. At the time of the signing of the treaty it was expressed that “For the first time in its history the United States Government had negotiated a peace which conceded everything demanded by the enemy and which extracted nothing in return.

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DAKOTA 38 + 2 Unity/Reconcilation Ride


In 1862 an event occurred, in what is now Minnesota, which had a dramatic impact on the subsequent history of the United States, Canada, and Dakota tribes. The event was the result of federal policy and a newly formed state to remove the Dakota people from their lands and led to the largest mass hanging in US history on the day after Christmas, December 26, 1862 and the scattering of Dakota people across a region stretching from Saskatchewan to Nebraska. 38 + 2 Dakota Native Americans were hung (2 escaped were later caught and hung). Today, all the people of the region continue to be affected by this traumatic event. In Spring, 2005, Jim Miller, a Vietnam veteran, enrolled member of Cheyenne River, and a descendent of the Dakotas who where displaced after the event, dreamt of a series of horseback rides that would bring the Dakota people together, raise awareness to the significance impact still with us from the mass hanging and the surrounding events, and to bring reconciliation among all people of the region so that we may move forward and live in a good way. Jim’s vision is for riders from all Dakota tribes to ride over 330 miles from Lower Brule Indian Reservation to the site of the mass hanging in Mankato, Minnesota. The ride is in December to honor the men, women, and children who were forced to march across the cold winter prairies either to the mass hanging in Mankato or to a large concentration camp of Dakota families at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. The riders finish at Reconciliation Park in Mankato on the anniversary of December 26. We take the youth on the ride, so that they may connect with their culture in a more physical way. By being apart of the ride they are connecting themselves with their ancestors and their horse relatives. It is through the ride that they are able to see the beauty in the history and their culture.

Native American Oral History Project

To Whom it May Concern,                                                                                                           September 15, 2014

I am Native American from the Navajo Nation. I started a Native American Film and Documentary Company. Our goal is to drive across the United States to each reservation and record the tribal history and family history as told by two or three Elders speaking in his or her language. I want to create an archive of Native American Oral History. Our focus is Native American Oral History as told by Native Americans. I want to give Native Americans a voice. We Native Americans have stories that need to be told and heard.

I have a small film crew (myself, a driver and one film crew helper) who are ready to begin filming as soon as we get funding for this trip. We need funding for gas, food and lodging. I am seeking donations so we can begin our filming.

Thank you for your time. This is a link to our pay pal business account.  We would appreciate any donations you can give.

For further details contact me anytime.

Karen Begay

Executive Film Producer/Director

KBegay Films and Documentaries

Flagstaff, Arizona 86004


San Francisco Peaks Flagstaff Arizona

San Francisco Peaks Flagstaff Arizona

Yá’át’ééh abíní shik’éí dóó shidine’é! Greetings from Navajo Country. I’m making documentaries about Native People here in Arizona and across the United States. If you are Native and speak your own tongue and would like to be a part of a documentary contact me here on word press. I have been funding this dream of mine out of my own pocket but Im going to start a fund raiser to upgrade our recording equipment to continue our project. I know there are people in the world out there who are interested in preserving and learning about Native culture. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. These are our San Francisco Peaks which are sacred to 13 tribes. For the Navajo, the Peaks are the sacred mountain of the west, Doko’oo’sliid, “Shining On Top,” a key boundary marker and a place where medicine men collect herbs for healing ceremonies. To the Hopi, the Peaks are Nuvatukaovi, “The Place of Snow on the Very Top,” home for half of the year to the ancestral kachina spirits who live among the clouds around the summit. When properly honored through song and ceremony, the kachinas bring gentle rains to thirsty corn plants. The peaks are one of the “sacred places where the Earth brushes up against the unseen world,” in the words of Yavapai-Apache Chairman Vincent Randall.