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Riding in prayer and solidarity


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Ariana Hollow Horn, Matt Bobtail Bear, and Brianna Iron Hawk ride along Hwy. 212 near Lantry on Thursday, July 9. The young riders began their journey in Bridger on the July and rode to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe public health checkpoints in support of checkpoint workers and mission.

The Sunkwanka Agli Horsemanship Riders began their prayerful ride in Bridger on July 6. The group rode on horseback to every public health checkpoint on Cheyenne River, offering prayer throughout the journey.

The HAWK 1890 Wounded Knee Descendants joined the riders and together they spread the message of solidarity and support of the Tribal checkpoints and the Tribe’s preventative measures to keep residents safe from COVID-19.

In addition, the groups brought awareness to the epidemics that impact indigenous people, including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, suicide, and drug and alcohol addiction.

During the days of rest, the group offered traditional Lakota lessons on horsemanship, language, and culture.

Coordinator Roderick Dupris expressed his appreciation for the support of the riders, many of whom were youth riders, he also pointed out that the ride had the support of elders, including Wally Little Moon, who is a South Dakota Senior Games Hall of Famer. The 70-year-young Little Moon rode for most of the ride.

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Dewey KillsCrow leads his horse at the rest stop in Lantry where the group had lunch before continuing toward Eagle Butte.

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Elliotte Little Bear, Wally Little Moon and Matt Bobtail Bear lead the prayer riders near Schrempp Corner between Dupree and Eagle Butte. The group continued their journey to the eastern checkpoints that day.

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Sunkwanka Agli Horsemanship and ride coordinator Roderick Dupris watches as riders approach the rest stop in Lantry.

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Vehicles that drove alongside the riders displayed posters with messages about unity, courage, and bringing awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

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