This year's ride began June 2 and is finishing today, June 6. The event is an effort to unify communities, remember Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, honor today’s veterans and provide a safe, cultural experience for Lakota youth, according to organizer Charles "Bamm" Brewer, Oglala Lakota.
The procession traverses the highway from Fort Robinson in Nebraska to Pine Ridge, where it will lead right into the 25th Annual All Veterans Oglala Lakota Gathering and Traditional Pow Wow. The pow wow is being held on the Pine Ridge Pow Wow Grounds and wil run through Sunday, June 9. For more information about the pow wow, call 605-441-6430.
Although full of historical importance and signifcance, Brewer wanted to keep things simple. “I want to keep it a humble ride,” he told the Rapid City Journal, stressing the significance of the spiritual and cultural connections the ride provides for him and others.
“It has a huge spiritual impact on me,” Brewer said.