Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Treaty Riders commemorate 150th anniversary of treaty signingFree Access

CRST horseback riders leave Rockyford on their way to Oglala. Riders braved through snow, rain, and below-freezing temperatures on their 400-mile horseback ride. Submitted photo




1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty commemoration riders from Cheyenne River have been traversing on horseback to Wyoming since leaving Green Grass on April 14th. The riders are scheduled to arrive in Ft. Laramie, WY at the end of this week.

Cheyenne River set up two 45-foot tipi’s at the Fort Laramie camp and many people from CRST plan to attend commemoration ceremonies. Among the riders on the 400-mile journey is CRST tribal Chairman Harold Frazier.

Events are scheduled throughout this weekend, and as of press time, this schedule was available for the opening ceremony on Saturday, April 28:

8:00 a.m. Honor Guard entrance/placement of staffs & flags
9:00 a.m. Pre-event meet & greet for Tribal leaders and federal/state/local representatives
10:00 a.m. Traditional Opening Blessing
10:05 a.m. Welcoming remarks from Fort Laramie National Park superintendent
10:10 a.m. Honor song
10:15 a.m. Remarks by Tribal leaders
11:15 a.m. Remarks by federal representatives
11:50 a.m. Remarks by state/local representatives
12:30 p.m. Final remarks from National Parks staff
12:35 p.m. Communal lunch
1:30 p.m. Tribal speakers – 1868 Treaty
2:00–3:00 p.m. Spotted Tail/Maynadier Family Connection to 1868 Treaty
3:00 p.m. History programs:
“Before Trappers, Traders and Forts” “Embassy on the Plains”

Ongoing events throughout the weekend:
Short tours of 1868 Treaty Site throughout the day in small, guided groups
They Came in Good Faith: Treaty Making in the Northern Plains Exhibit
Native Arts Marketplace
We Are Still Here Communal Drawing

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