Riding For Future Generations 2011

Annual Chief Big Foot Memorial Ride to Wounded Knee

The Annual Chief Big Foot Memorial Ride commemorates Chief Big Foot's band of Minneconjou Lakota on their flight from Standing Rock Reservation to Wounded Knee on December 29th, 1890.

Help the Riders through your prayers! If you are in a position to make a financial contribution to the event you can do so by contacting Bryce Little Thunder (605-821-9153) (Eagle Butte, South Dakota - Cheyenne River Reservation). Bryce plays an active role in helping to coordinate multiple aspects of the annual ride including scheduling Riders, horses, equipment, and food supplies (just to name a few). Your support is very appreciated and meaningful.

Beginning ceremonies were held in McLaughlin, South Dakota, Standing Rock Reservation on December 14th. The riders began their journey yesterday (December 15th, 2011) to Chief Sitting Bull's camp, where he was assassinated on December 15th, 1890. Upon arriving, the Riders will offer prayers and remembrance as they continue their journey.

Bryce has his hands full providing food and shelter for both the Riders and their horses. He is very grateful to the Cheyenne River Reservation Council for providing assistance and to those who have donated hay and loaned their horse trailers. A special thanks goes out to the Bill Ott family ranch for the use of their land and Takini School for their help. Thanks also goes out to all the "unnamed" folks who support this event year after year in a multitude of ways...

If you would like to help Bryce and Riders, he can be reached at (605) 821-9153, P.O. BOX 1423, Eagle Butte, South Dakota 57625 (Cell phone service will be intermittent throughout the ride).


BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed a law that allows the University of North Dakota to get rid of the Fighting Sioux nickname


Giving Back to Wounded Knee

Would you like to help South Dakota reservations? This organization is making a big difference.

Call Cynthia Hicks at 269.685.5889 for more information or go to http://www.givingbacktowoundedknee.org/

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Pine Ridge Reservation Backpack / Coat Drive 2011

**UPDATED 11/3**

Help Aidan Stolz, a second grader from Fort Collins, Colorado, provide coats for a Native American school in Manderson, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Aidan Stolz and his family are collecting winter coats and warm clothing for the Wounded Knee school in Manderson, South Dakota. Last years drive provided thousands of winter clothing for the reservation communities.

Donations can include backpacks, warm clothing (sweaters, coats, snow suits, boots, shoes, gloves, & hats), socks, school supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, glue, notebooks…etc), and any other items that you feel might help.

Donations can be shipped to Henry Red Cloud at the following address:

Lakota Solar Enterprises
1001 Solar Warrior Road, Highway 18
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770

See the Pine Ridge Coat Drive 2011 Flyer for more information.

Contact Aidan with any questions

Email - jkstolz@aim.com

Phone - 970-988-1186

A Letter from the Stolz Family

Greetings from the Stolz Family!

We hope you all doing well, staying warm with the latest snow fall, and ready to listen to Aidan’s newest pledge for helping others. I should start by saying this is not a new pledge, rather, we asked him to give us some reprieve so we could build a little momentum to help him. As many of you know, Aidan launched a coat drive last fall for his friends that he volunteered for on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It was an enormous success, thanks to you all. More importantly, the process taught all of us in the Stolz Family the true meaning of helping and giving. Aidan distributed nearly 3,000 coats because of your generous donations and we are very grateful for the donations.

While he was there, he had the opportunity to see what all of you provided first-hand, which was compassion, love, and hope for others. One little boy close to Aidan’s age caught his attention. He followed this boy around the coats and helped him find a pair of warm gloves. The boy tried on several pairs before settling on a green pair, looked at Aidan, and said, “I’ve never had gloves before.” Aidan reached down into the box of gloves, grabbed a black pair and said, “Now you have two pairs.” The distribution process was very chaotic and eye opening for Aidan. He was aware of the impoverished conditions but he wasn’t aware of the epidemic: Pine Ridge Reservation is the second poorest area in the Western Hemisphere behind Haiti.

Immediately he felt like he needed to do more. He also began to question why basic amenities, like warm clothing, were provided for him but not everyone. He understood the United States to be a land of opportunity and he wondered what opportunities these children would have as they became adults. He has struggled with this for months. Aidan carries a lot of grief on his shoulders. His heart is bigger than his body and frankly his dedication to others is unbelievable. Many people ask if this whole production is motivated by us (his parents) and we can honestly answer that question with a simple no. All he has asked us to do is support his efforts and we will continue to do just that for our son.

During the summer months, Aidan started to plan his next drive. Initially he wanted to launch a book drive because he learned the Reservation had only one library shared between 42,000 people with little resources. That idea transformed into helping the schools’ libraries across the Reservation but he felt like he was taking on a daunting task and whatever he did, he wanted to make sure he succeeded and not let his friends down on the Reservation. He asked his friends at Trees, Water, & People for additional help and they came through with a list of people that needed help. With help from a good friend, he found a school in Manderson, South Dakota where children go to school each and every day without warm clothing, without pencils, without backpacks. Aidan wondered what hope, if any, they had for the future.

And then the light bulb turned on! With the help of his parents and a great friend at TWP, he contacted Lisa Steele with the Wounded Knee School District, learned the school had 140 students from Kindergarten through 8th grade in desperate need of basic amenities, and decided exactly what he would be collecting this year! He came to me and said, “Mom, if I can give them a little break (meaning opportunity), maybe they can find hope for their future.” Again he thought about all the items he could not provide for them that he has at his school like a smart board in every class, a library stocked with the best books, or a brand new computer lab. However, he said this is what I can do, it might not be much but at least it is something!

And now I turn this over to all of you with the hope that you will reach deep into your hearts and help fulfill a 7 year olds pledge to do right by others. Aidan is trying to collect 140 backpacks, warm clothing (Lisa Steele suggests sweaters but coats, snow suits, boots, shoes, gloves, & hats are just fine too), socks, school supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, glue, notebooks…etc), and any other items that you feel might help. Aidan launched this drive to his school today. They are all eager and willing to help and we are very grateful for their support and dedication. Last week he added Target Stores to his list of donators. They donated 20 backpacks on his behalf. Gently used items are wonderful! He will take whatever you are willing to donate!!

There is an attached flyer he would like all of you to read. It has some beautiful pictures of last year’s distribution and the people you all helped! McGraw IB Elementary, along with Trees, Water, People, & our home will serve as drop off locations in the Fort Collins area. For our address, please contact us directly. We are also willing to pick up any items at homes around the Fort Collins area. For Denver residents, please deliver items to any AirLife Facility. Canon City residents may deliver their items to the school Administration building on main street.

Lastly, we would like to take this time to extend our gratitude to each and every one of you. We are so blessed to have so many friends and family who support our children. We are surrounded by loving and compassionate individuals and we are extremely thankful. Both our sons only know love and support and have never experienced the dire conditions that our friends up North consume every day. Please make a difference in their lives.

Black Hills Pow Wow October 7-9 REMINDER

Black Hills Pow Wow REMINDER

October 7-9 - Rapid City, SD





A Brief Lakota History

Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU.

Watch this TED video

Global Earth Spirits: For a World in Crisis

Global Spirit is a unique "internal travel" series that brings to light the various practices - spiritual, mental and physical - that help us define who we are as human beings and explore how this effects our relationships to our families, our communities, ourselves and the world at large.

Global Spirit offers insights into some of mankind’s deepest existential questions, tracing our collective human journey in the timeless quest for truth, wisdom and understanding. Each Global Spirit program highlights the trans-cultural, transcendent dimensions of human inquiry, from the ancient or indigenous wisdom traditions to the latest advances in scientific knowledge. Global Spirit has, for the first time on national television, done what the Mars Rover did for space: beam back a celestial wonder, a glimmer of what is possible in the realm of human consciousness, spirit and the mind.

Follow this link to learn more:

Global Spirit's Webpage on Link TV

BLACK HILLS POW WOW October 7-9, 2011

25th Anniversary He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate - Theme of "Empowering our Youth" at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Visit the Black Hills Pow Wow Website for more information.

Black Hills Pow Wow Website

Lakota Woman Arrested in Washington D.C.

"WASHINGTON (September 3, 20011) -- Debra White Plume from Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way), a Lakota organization from Pine Ridge Indian land designed for cultural preservation and protection of Lakota treaty rights and human rights, and Kent Lebsock from Owe Aku’s International Justice Project which utilizes international strategies to preserve Lakota treaties, sovereignty and self-determination, were both arrested at the White House on Friday, September 2, 2011."

Read more at the Censored News Blog:

Censored News Blog

Calling All Authors of books concerning Wounded Knee 1890 / 1973

Calling All Authors of books concerning Wounded Knee 1890 and 1973 to attend book signing at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD is holding the 44th annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains - History * Literature * Art * Archeology

Dakota Conference Poster PDF

Calling All Artists for Wounded Knee Massacre Interpretations

The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD is requesting entries for an exhibit entitled "Interpretations of Wounded Knee 1973 and 1890". See the following link for details.

Call for Art Interpretations of Wounded Knee PDF

Make your comments to the Forest Service on Indian Sacred Sites Report

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service has opened for public comment through the Federal Register a draft report that outlines its policies and procedures on Indian Sacred Sites.

"The Forest Service will accept public comments on the draft report while honoring its responsibility to consult with Indian Tribes."

Read More: http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2011/releases/08/sacred-sites.shtml

Sacred Sites Link

Public comments can be sent to:

U.S. Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop Code: 1160
Washington, DC 20250-1160

Comments also may be submitted by fax to (202) 205-1773 or e-mail to sacredsitescomment@fs.fed.us

Black Elk Speaks Play by Oglala Lakota College

Native American culture and traditions will take center stage at Oglala Lakota College’s new Oglala Cultural Experience featuring a production of the play “Black Elk Speaks.”

Presented by Oglala Lakota College

See dates / times and Read More:



Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder to lay a wreath at the Wounded Knee massacre site, Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:45 A.M.


UPDATE August 3, 2011:

The Wreath next to the Wounded Knee Monument

The motorcade for the Attorney General Eric Holder

The Wounded Knee Entrance

Eric Holder laying the wreath

The Wounded Knee Monument

Oscar Micheaux Film & Book Festival

Every year, the Oscar Micheaux Center in Gregory, South Dakota, holds a festival celebrating current local, statewide, and national talents honoring Micheaux's many contributions to film and books. Gregory, South Dakota, is home to the only cultural center in the world dedicated to Oscar Micheaux. For more center or festival information contact Oscar Micheaux Festival Foundation Chairman Jerry Wilske at (605) 835-9478.


Demand that the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 be Recognized & Honored by The United States of America

On August 29th 1970, a small group of young Indians invaded Mount Rushmore, the so-called 'national shrine of democracy' The invasion brought together Indians form different tribes and reservations who converged to help the Sioux Nation in their efforts to reclaim the sacred Black Hills and to force the Federal Government to be held accountable for the illegal taking of their Lands. At 7pm on August 29th , after eluding authorities, the group of young natives reached the top of the mountain near the four faces of the presidents where they hung a large flag with the words:SIOUX INDIAN POWER.


Support the Cheyenne River Youth Project® Annual "School Supplies Drive," Serving Hundreds of Children Each Year

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (July 11, 2011) — The start of the new school year may still be a few weeks away, but already the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, are hard at work on the 2011 School Supplies Drive.


New Pow Wow Schedule

You can check out the new Pow Wow schedule on the bottom right side of our blog, or you can visit http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/

Badlands Heritage Celebration at the Badlands National Park

Join us on Saturday, July 23, 2011 for the 3rd annual Badlands Heritage Celebration. The event will be held at the Badlands National Park across from the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. All events are FREE and open the public. For more information on events check out the brochure.

Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run

Annual Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run
To Honor the Trail of Chief Big Foot
Eagle Butte, S.D. – The Annual Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 - 6, 2011. This event, which follows the Trail of Chief Big Foot, begins at Fort Yates, ND, continues to Eagle Butte, SD and ends at Wounded Knee, SD.

The Mission of the Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run is to preserve the memory of the innocent Lakota People who suffered and died on December 29, 1890. Participants will honor the ancestors through prayer and ceremony by remembering and paying their respects. Educational programs coordinated throughout the Run will be presented by Descendents of the Wounded Knee Massacre, bringing awareness to all people; then healing and unity can be achieved.
Please join Motorcycle Riders from other Tribal Nations as well as non-native riders from all over the United States as they ride in honor of those buried at Wounded Knee, SD. These riders have been drawn to the Run because of the traditional respectfulness and integrity that is shown and given throughout the duration of the event.

Registration for the Motorcycle Run will be on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Prairie Knights Casino parking lot along North Dakota Highway 24 at Fort Yates, ND from 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST and will continue on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the HVJ Cultural Center along South Dakota Highway 212 at Eagle Butte, SD from 7:00-8:00 a.m. MST. Organizers are asking for donations of $20 for riders, $10 for passengers and $20 per Support Vehicle (cash only). Proceeds from the event will benefit charitable organizations on the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and Pine Ridge Reservations. The Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run is an alcohol and drug-free event. Disclaimer: The Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run is not affiliated with any other motorcycle event during this time.

CONTACT: Bruce Hansen, 262-903-0869, hansen@elknet.net
Dave Janis, 605-441-3058, davejanis@hotmail.com
Roger White Eyes, 605-441-9857, ishtaska@yahoo.com
Glenn Gunville, 605-365-6110, gunvilleranch@yahoo.com

2011 White Male Buffalo Calf

Sacred White Buffalo to receive ceremony – All Nations Invited
Greenville, TX (June 13, 2011) – On May 12th, , amidst a thunderstorm was born to this earth a white buffalo calf of such rarity it is considered sacred by many nations and tribes and is fulfills the “Hope of the World Prophecy”.


White House announces new section for Indian Country issues

The section is called Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community. Right now, it features posts and video from White House staff and other federal agencies.

NCAA Will Not Change Policy – Will Penalize North Dakota University Fighting Sioux for Using American-Indian Themes

The NCAA has declared they will penalize North Dakota University for violating their stand on using American-Indian mascots, themes and logos.


Village Earth on Pine Ridge

Village Earth has many new activities going on at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Check them out at Village Earth.org

Deconstructing the Lakota way at Pine Ridge

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — About 275 miles northeast of Fort Collins, two Northern Colorado-based nonprofit organizations are helping build a bridge between the past and the present.


Native Sun News: Protecting sacred Bear Butte at all costs

STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA — Indian activists preparing for what might be a fight for Bear Butte.

"Competing interests, protection of a sacred mountain and Americas insatiable lust for oil could lead to conflict" said James Swan, Minnecoujou, organizer of United Urban Warrior Society.

Southern Ute Tribe sets grand opening for $38M museum

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado will welcome the public to its $38 million museum this weekend.

Onondaga Nation leaders blast 'Geronimo' codename for Bin Laden

Onondaga Nation Territory -- Leaders of the Onondaga Nation blasted as “reprehensible” the code name used for Osama bin Laden in the commando assault that killed him: “Geronimo.”



Village Earth affiliate, Sustainable Homestead Designs, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation has entered a contest to win an orchard from Dreyer’s Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. In order to win, they need the most votes for their project.


Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, it's only a few short days away! This year, Earth Day's theme is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: our people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20.


The Silence

FRONTLINE examines a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story -- decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska. Through candid interviews with survivors, this FRONTLINE report focuses on the abuse by a number of men who worked for the Church along Alaska's far west coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All told, they would leave behind a trail of hundreds of claims of abuse, making this one of the hardest hit regions in the country.

This show will air tonight(April 19th at 9 P.M.)on your local PBS station

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-silence/#ixzz1JyxPfnck

Lakota Lands Recovery Project

The Lakota Lands Recovery Project (LLRP) is a grassroots support organization that serves the region of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The LLRP is working to support grassroots organizations on Pine Ridge that are working to reclaim and consolidate tribal lands and access the resources needed for the Lakota people to live on, protect, and utilize it, helping to return the balance between economy, ecology, and culture.


Movie Preview: Rez Bomb

Set on and around the poorest place in the USA, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Rez Bomb is a love story/thriller about a Lakota girl and a white guy who are very much in love but get themselves into trouble with a brutal money lender and its against the clock for them to bail themselves out.


Is Native American imagery hostile and abusive or not?

Is Native American imagery hostile and abusive or not?

"There is no wiggle room in that." This is what the NCAA said to all schools who still have a mascot related to Native Americans.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/feed/2011-03/sweet-16-2011/story/is-native-american-imagery-hositle-and-abusive-or-not#ixzz1HWvNRQ00

Solar Energy on the Pine Ridge Reservation

Henry Red Cloud and his company "Lakota Solar Enterprises" have been working on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota providing the people with jobs and low utility bills.


Methodists donate $50,000 in atonement for historical wrong - The Denver Post

Col. John M. Chivington, a Methodist minister, stood by his actions decades after leading the 1864 massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek, but the United Methodist Church is still formally repenting for him.

Read more: Methodists donate $50,000 in atonement for historical wrong - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17552891#ixzz1GDNglbqv
Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

The Lakota Buffalo Caretakers

The Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative (LBCC) is a 100% Native American owned and operated cooperative association on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Its membership is made up of small family buffalo caretakers who respect the buffalo and the land.


Wounded Knee II Perspectives of 1973

Wounded Knee II Perspectives of 1973 by Oglala Lakota - Charles Trimble:


37th Annual Denver March Pow Wow

The Annual Denver Pow Wow kicks off in March. A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture.

The event will be held at the Denver Coliseum on March 18th. For more information on this event please follow the link below: