Dakota Unity Ride will be rescheduled

The Dakota Unity Ride scheduled to pass through area communities this month has been postponed until a later date, which is yet to be determined, according to Stephanie Smith, one of the ride’s coordinators.

The Midwestern leg of the Unity Ride was slated to begin Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa, travel through various Mississippi River communities, and conclude Sept. 19 at Fort Snelling State Park in Mendota Heights, Minn.—the site of the Dakota concentration camp of 1862-63.

Many of the participants in the Davenport ride were coming straight from a month-long Unity Ride from Albany, N.Y., to Newtown, Conn. Due to excessive heat and sheer exhaustion of the horses and riders, organizers have decided to postpone the remainder of the ceremony, which was planned in honor and memory of the Dakota men and families who were imprisoned following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.

“We felt it was in their best interest to postpone the ride,” Smith said. “We 100 percent plan to reschedule. We’re looking at late February or early March of 2014, at this point. But we do not have dates chosen yet.”

As soon as more information is released regarding the event, the Courier Press will make it available to the public.

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