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Riders honor ancestor's journey
21 December 2005


WINTER RITUAL IS CULTURAL RENEWAL: Thundering up an incline near Green Grass, South Dakota on Saturday, December 17 are some of the riders on the annual "Future Generations Ride" (OOMAKA TOKATAKIYA). Mostly young Lakota tribal members, they were experiencing something of the painful journey made by their ancestors. The two-week passage, in below freezing and sub-zero temperatures, retraced the steps of a band of mostly, women, children and elders who fled the Standing Rock reservation in 1890. The ride began along the Grand River near Bullhead, South Dakota where the renowned Lakota leader Sitting Bull was assassinated. It ended at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Oglala Sioux Reservation, where most of those seeking refuge in 1890 were killed by troops of the U. S. 7th Cavalry. During the over 300 mile journey, each rider made vows and went through purification and other ceremonies. "They're carrying on a renewal of the culture," said David M. Gipp, UTTC president. The ride began in 1986 as the Chief Big Foot Memorial Ride.


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