Join us at HPEC on Friday, July 19th from 7:30 – 9:30pm to Welcome the Lakota Riders & share in their cultural offerings!
The purpose of the Ride, which is at the core of the Tipi Raisers’ mission, is to bring Lakota and non-Lakota People together; to work, play, struggle, talk and of course, Ride! It is through experiences like this, and through other activities that the Tipi Raisers facilitate, that we can begin to understand, heal and ultimately reconcile the trauma of America’s complicated history with the Lakota people. The Lakota Ride also serves as an important fundraiser to support year-round, humanitarian projects on the reservation, the Gen7 Youth Leadership program as well as Native culture presentations- sharing indigenous wisdom- off the reservation. Riders and Supporters are asked to launch their own Peer to Peer Fundraiser but anyone interested can do so as well: HERE!
Opening Ceremony for the LakotaRide will be in Sedalia, CO on July 13th. From there the horses and riders move north through the Front Range with Lakota cultural events planned in multiple communities (HPEC on July 19th, 7:30pm-9:30pm). The 400-mile ride ends on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on August 3rd.
As the Ride moves through the Front Range, neighboring communities are invited to free evening gatherings called “wicotis” (wee-cho-tee), to welcome the riders, listen to the sacred drum, hear from Lakota elders, and see traditional dancing.
Wicoti begins at High Plains Environmental Centerra at 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the community. All ages are welcome! Layers, Chairs, & Blankets to sit on are suggested!