Gathering Thunder Foundation to Premiere “Dakota 38” Sunday at UICA

DVDB101_outJim Miller, who had the dream to hold annual ride, will be in attendance

GRAND RAPIDS — The Gathering Thunder Foundation, a foundation that is committed to assisting American Indians, is holding the premiere of “Dakota 38” documentary film on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The screening of “Dakota 38” is part of the Gathering Thunder Foundations Spring Gala and is the first public screening of the film in Grand Rapids.

Jim Miller, who had the vision to hold the Dakota 38 ride each year will be in attendance to provide an overview of the ride and the film. Miller will be joined by his wife, Alberta Iron Cloud, at the event.

In the spring of 2005, 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,” commented Miller about his experience.

Four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Miller 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.

The ride became an annual event, which attracts hundreds of participants, volunteers and spectators during December.

“Dakota 38” is the result of one of the participant’s dream to capture the ride on film. It was released in January 2012 by Smooth Feather Productions and is free upon request.

The genesis of the Gathering Thunder Foundation began in 2006 as an informal network of friends and families coming together in support of Lakota families in need. Since then, the Gathering Thunder Foundation’s members have delivered clothing, food, and household supplies to residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Gathering Thunder LogoOn Saturday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m., the Gathering Thunder Foundation will host its annual Spring Gala at the VanAndel Museum Center of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, located at 272 Pearl Street, N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan. The admission fee is $45.

The screening is sponsored by Star Nations Radio/Magazine.


Gathering Thunder Foundation Spring Gala
Screening of “Dakota 38”
A Questions & Answers session will follow the screening


Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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