December 29, 2015, is the 125th Year since the massacre of our relatives at Wounded Knee Creek. We travel the same path they did days before their death to honor and remember. Video: Chief Bigfoot Band Memorial Riders arrived in Wounded Knee today.

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Remembering the Big Foot Riders on anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee

Editorial: Remembering the original Big Foot Riders
By Native Sun News Today Editorial Board

We are fast approaching the 128th Anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. This anniversary marks one of the most shameful and dreadful days in the history of America.

In 1986 three Lakota men decided they would ride their horses on the same path Chief Big Foot and his 350 followers took when they road from the Cheyenne River Reservation in the bitter winter of December 1890 to seek the protection of Chief Red Cloud on the Pine Ridge Agency.

The three Lakota men – Birgil Kills Straight, Alex White Plume and Jim Garrett – started the ride by forming a group they called Si Tanka Wokiksuye Okolakiciye – Big Foot Memorial Riders – and set out on his path in December 1986.

There were only a handful of riders that first year, but as they made the ride each year the number of riders to join up grew. On the 100th Anniversary of Wounded Knee, December 29, 1990, nearly 100 riders joined the Si Tanka Wokiksuye Okolakiciye.

And so it has been since 1986. Rather than just ride for four years as was originally planned because the number four is Sacred to the Lakota, the ride became more than just a ride, it became a sacred ritual that brought the Lakota people together to commemorate one of the saddest of days in their history and to keep the sacredness of that day in the minds always of the Lakota people.

Native Sun News Today will have a special Wounded Knee Edition to commemorate the 128th Anniversary of the terrible massacre that happened there in 1890. The Special Edition will be published on December 19, 2018, and then the newspaper will shut down for the Christmas Holidays and will stay closed until January 2, 2019. Stay tuned.


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