Press Release: DAKOTA 38 screenings (March 27-28)


Two special Northern California screenings of
DAKOTA 38: a powerful documentary of healing and reconciliation
at Delancey Street and Maidu Museum
(March 27-28, 2013)

“Impeccably produced…rich with imagery and important spiritual teachings.”
Huffington Post

Berkeley, CA (February 21, 2013)—Heyday, the American Indian Institute, and Kalliopeia Foundation announced today two free screenings of DAKOTA 38, a feature-length documentary film by nonprofit film & video production group Smoothfeather Productions.

DAKOTA 38 won a Special Jury Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and has screened across the country.

The film will be shown at two separate free screenings at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the Delancey Street Foundation (600 Embarcadero, San Francisco) and at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 at the Maidu Museum outside Sacramento (1970 Johnson Ranch Rd., Roseville).

Jim Miller, the Lakota spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran who inspired the film, and Eric Noyes, executive director of the American Indian Institute, will be present for a post-film conversation and Q & A after each screening.


An inspiring quest for reconciliation and redemption
“To be Dakota means to walk in peace and harmony with every living thing. That is our way.” — Jim Miller

On December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota leaders of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, were hanged in the largest mass execution in U.S. history. In May 2005, Jim Miller, a Dakota spiritual leader, had a dream of riding across the great South Dakota plains to Minnesota and watching 38 of his ancestors being hanged. In December 2008, Silas Hagerty and members of Smooth Feather Productions filmed this 330-mile ride of healing and reconciliation from Lower Brule, South Dakota to arrive at Mankato, Minnesota on the anniversary of the execution.

Everyone, throughout the 6 years of the making of this 1 hour, 18 minute documentary film, provided their services as a gift to the project. The screening and distribution of DAKOTA 38 is offered as a gift to everyone.

To see a preview of the film, visit

Ticket and venue information:
Screenings are free, but RSVP is required online via the links below.

Delancey Street Foundation is located at 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107. Venue telephone number is (415) 512-5104.
RSVP for San Francisco event at

The Maidu Museum & Historic Site is located at 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, CA 95661. Venue telephone number is (916) 774-5934.
RSVP for Roseville event at

About the American Indian Institute
The mission of the American Indian Institute is to perpetuate the ancient wisdom and cultural heritage of North America’s Native people, and to promote a greater understanding of that wisdom among all people. The Institute achieves its mission by serving as the administrative agency and support source for the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth, a coalition of grassroots spiritual leaders from Indian nations throughout North America.

About Kalliopeia Foundation
Kalliopeia Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that contributes to the evolution of communities and cultures that honor the unity at the heart of life’s astounding diversity. Through their grantmaking they seek to strengthen a collective recognition of the oneness of humanity.

About Heyday
Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution that promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Heyday has published more than forty books on California Indian culture and history and, since 1987, has also published a quarterly magazine, News from Native California, which is read avidly on Indian reservations and in universities alike, prompting the Los Angeles Times to characterize it as probably having “the widest literacy range of any periodical in the Western Hemisphere.” Heyday publishes about 25 new books a year, sponsors over 200 events, and participates vigorously in the cultural life of California.

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