Traditional Memorial Day observances will take place at cemeteries across Cheyenne River on Sunday, May 30.
Local veterans’ organizations plan to visit the grave of every veteran buried within the boundaries of the reservation. Deceased veterans will be honored with an honor guard and rifle salute by members of American Legion Post 308, the Lakota Akicita, Veteran Service Corps or the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Veterans Service Office.
In order to accomplish this, veterans divide into three groups and head out early in the morning. The first salutes happen at six-thirty and the last ones after five o’clock in the evening. About 500 miles will be driven throughout the day.
The celebration of Memorial Day with a visit to every veteran’s grave is a special tradition on Cheyenne River. The observation brings together the Lakota values of icicupi (sacrifice), woohitike (bravery), wayuonihan (honor) and cantewasake (fortitude) with the special bond of military service.
Native Americans have served in the United States military at a rate of 19% since 9/11, five percent higher than any other ethnicity. On Cheyenne River the number is closer to 47%.
Veterans will travel to Cheyenne River to assist in the ceremonies from as far away as Ohio and Oregon, and as nearby as Rapid City.
American Legion Post 308 schedule
Post 308 will take the central route, traveling a distance of at least 160 miles from Ridgeview to Green Grass to Eagle Butte to Lantry to Thunder Butte to Iron Lightning. Contact Kermit Dupris, Post Commander, at (605) 200-2212 for more information.
8 a.m. Ridgeview
8:30 a.m. Green Grass
2. High Elk
3. Looking Horse
9:45 a.m. Leroy Laplante family
10:30 a.m. Eagle Butte
11 a.m. High Elk family
11:30 a.m. Charger family
12 p.m. StraightHead family
12:45 p.m. Lantry
1:30 p.m. Thunder Butte
1. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church cemetery
2. Catholic cemetery
3 p.m. Iron Lighting
2. Iron Lighting
3. Fool Dog
Lakota Akicita schedule
The Cheyenne River Sioux Lakota Akicita will take the eastern route and travel at least 160 miles from On the Tree to Whitehorse to Promise to Blackfoot to La Plant. For information contact Brett Curry or Chris Duesing at (605) 733-2658.
8 a.m. Monument
8:30 a.m. O’Leary’s
9 a.m. Red Dog family
9:45 Edward Dupris family
10:15 a.m. St. Thomas On The Tree Church cemetery
10:45 a.m. White Horse
2. Chief White Horse
3. Catholic cemetery
4. Emmanuel Whitehorse Episcopal Church
11:45 a.m. St. Mary’s church cemetery
12:30 p.m. Clayton Rice’s
12:45 p.m. Bridge
1 a.m. St. Mary’s Church, Promise, cemetery
1:30 a.m. Blackfoot
2 p.m. Ducheneaux family
2:30 p.m. La Plant
1. Catholic cemetery
2. Congregational cemetery
3. Episcopal cemetery
3:30 p.m. Tagole family
4 p.m. Bordeaux family
5 p.m. Mossman family
CRST Veterans Service Office schedule
Representatives of the CRST Veterans Service Office will travel across the western route of the reservation for at least 150 miles beginning at 6:30 a.m. Contact Cheyenne River Veterans Association Commander Richard Charging Eagle at (605) 200-2431 for more information.
6:30 a.m. Longbrake family
7 a.m. Geno Hunt family
8 a.m. Dupris family
8:30 a.m. Buffalo Church cemetery
9:30 a.m. Knight family
10:30 a.m. Frazier cemetery
11 a.m. Red Scaffold Catholic church cemetery
11:30 a.m. Red Scaffold Episcopal church cemetery
12 p.m. St. Mark’s Catholic cemetery
12:30 p.m. Chasing Hawk cemetery
1 p.m. Bridger (Scout along the highway)
1:30 p.m. Congregational cemetery
2 p.m. Catholic Church Bendigo
2:30 p.m. Cherry Creek
1. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church cemetery
2. Catholic cemetery
3. Mormon (Church of the Latter-Day Saints)
4. Congregational cemetery