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Yellow Bird: Horse ride against substance abuse


"The walkers were on the side of the highway and only looked up and waved when I honked my horn. They were serious, with jackets hanging over their shoulders, and certainly not walking fast. It was overcast but didn't quite rain. It is an organization called the Spirit Riders, my sister told me. They were walking from White Shield, N.D., to Garrison, N.D. - about 25 miles.

Their purpose is to work toward an alcohol- and drug-free reservation using spirituality, culture and horses. They have about 40 members.

The organization does much more than just alcoholism prevention. They have cookouts, do holiday celebrations with their members and also ride for funerals. Riding for funerals is a tradition in which riders on horseback accompany the deceased to their final resting place. The Spirit Riders have become popular in fulfilling that cultural role."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Horseback riders blaze trail of strength, sobriety (The Grand Forks Herald 6/14)

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