John Kinkade and Denny Haskew of the National Sculptors' Guild are in Shakopee, MN to install "I Once Rode Free" at the entrance of the city .
Working quickly this morning in 27-degree temps, the NSG and Shakopee team secured the twice life-sized bronze bas-relief to its new home.
Denny was inspired by a quote from Chief Sakpe, "Over these hills I once rode free upon my horse." The sculpture shows Chief Sakpe standing next to his horse overlooking the land. Chief Shakpee and 37 of his fellow warriors were hanged for defending their home.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe of Mdewakanton Dakota people, located southwest of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, within parts of the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee. Mdewakanton, pronounced Mid-ah-wah-kah-ton, means "dwellers at the spirit waters." Tribal members are direct lineal descendants of Mdewakanton Dakota people who resided in villages near the banks of the lower Minnesota River. A line of leaders known as Chief Sakpe were spokesmen for their village. The first Sakpe pronounced Shock-pay, meaning "six," was named by his people as such after his wife bore sextuplets. The City of Shakopee later developed near this site and was named for these prominent leaders.