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Photos From the First Leg of the Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. The riders started in Lower Brule before reaching Fort Thompson, where they will stay the night and then embark for Wessington Springs today. The ride will end Dec. 26 in Mankato, where 38 Dakota men were hanged on that same date in 1862 as a result of the Dakota War. (Matt Gade / Republic)

From left, Joelita White Eyes, 9, of Wagner, Jazz Archambeau, 6, of Fort Thompson, and Maya Middletent, 10, of Fort Thompson, watch as riders gather at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds to start the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Wayan Numpa, of Crow Creek, marks a horse’s head before taking off on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders including George Howe, front, of Crow Creek ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A horse’s breath can be seen as riders gather at the start for the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. The riders started in Lower Brule before reaching Fort Thompson, where they will stay the night and then embark for Wessington Springs today. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Sage is burned before riders take off on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A rider takes his horse out of the trailer on Monday morning before the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders gather at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A rider takes his horse out of the trailer to walk it around on Monday morning before the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A rider lays on his horse on Monday morning waiting for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A rider listens at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders grab onto the staff to remember why they are taking part in the ride at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds prior to the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders ride along BIA HWY 5 to Fort Thompson on Monday morning on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders race around the people who won’t be riding horses themselves from Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders grab onto the staff to remember why they are taking part in the ride at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds prior to the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders grab onto the staff to remember why they are taking part in the ride at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds prior to the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders race around the people who won’t be riding horses themselves from Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Wayan Numpa, of Crow Creek, marks a horse’s head before taking off on the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders gather at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds for the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Riders grab onto the staff to remember why they are taking part in the ride at the Lower Brule Pow Wow grounds prior to the start of the first leg of their journey to Mankato, Minn., as part of the Dakota 38 Plus 2 Reconciliation Ride. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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