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Dakota Tribe Riders To Meet Newtown's Horse Guard

The "Unity Riders" will arrive in Newtown Monday for a ceremony at Horse Guard headquarters.

It's been a long journey for the ten riders of the Dakota tribe -- 4,000 miles on horseback across the country on a trip called the Unity Ride. At noon Monday, they'll arrive in Newtown to meet with the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard.

On that day, one of the nation's oldest cavalries will greet the descendants of Sitting Bull in the spirit of peace.

"After the tragic events in December at Sandy Hook, the Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and healing," wrote Ken Fay in a release from the horse guard. "These riders wish to bring that message to Newtown and the State Of Connecticut."

They're making their way down the Hudson River right now, joined in solidarity by more than 200 canoes, headed for the ceremony at noon Monday at horse guard headquarters on Wasserman Way, where Major Gordon Johnson will welcome them. They'll pass in review of the troops, delegates, guests and the public, then stay in Newtown until Wednesday. Afterwards, they'll head to the United Nations in New York and conclude their journey by meeting President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
Sanchez August 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM
2nd Company Governor's Horse Guard was one of the states original organized militias. Another good group. The linked article is misleading though. It states "Cavalry, which is part of the state military". If I am not mistaken, the States do not have "military" but "militias". Composed of organized and unorganized. The organized being what became the States National Guards. ___"Units of the Connecticut National Guard are dispers ed in armories and other facilities across the state. Throughout its long history, dating bac k to colonial militias, guard units have responded to state and national emergencies and performed com bat operations around the world. The Connecticut National Guard is headquartered next to the State Capitol in Hartford, in the massive State Armory and Arsenal building, dedicated by Pre sident William H. Taft in 1909." ___The unorganized being all other able bodied males. Thus the right to keep and bear arms in the US Constitution and most State constitutions as well. Even if they are being violated in CT and elsewhere.
Sanchez August 03, 2013 at 12:32 PM
What a great group, the original American Militia! Its a shame the Patch didn't see fit to describe what these people are commemorating. The ordered lynching of 38 Dakota men by then President Lincoln, the day after Christmas in 1862 in retaliation of the Dakota War of 1862. ___The largest single day of government executions to date. __How many Dakota rode their horses in 1862 without being armed?
Kathleen August 05, 2013 at 09:42 AM
They were both militias of sorts, but from everything I've read this is supposed to be more about letting bygones be bygones.
Sanchez August 05, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Well, many should be happy now that they will finally be getting their 40 acres and a mule. US gears up for huge, difficult land buyback for Indian tribes After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of land for 150 tribes across the nation. That’s roughly twice the size of Massachusetts and would mark the largest expansion of the U.S. government’s land trust for tribes, which now covers 46 million acres. To make the plan work, the government wants to find willing sellers to buy back reservation land it first gave to individual tribal members in 1887, often in tracts of 80 to 160 acres. “We can improve Indian Country if people will go along with this program and sell their interests back to their tribes,” Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said in an interview. It won’t be easy. With the land changing hands over the decades, many parcels now have hundreds or thousands of owners. Congress signed off on the land buy in 2010 to settle a lawsuit. The government had pledged to keep track of all royalties generated from the land for such things as grazing or logging, but that money never went back to benefit tribal members as promised." http://www.theolympian.com/2013/08/04/2655816/us-gears-up-for-huge-difficult.html

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