It was the first time something like that had ever happened...
100+ Bikers, 100 Miles
On August 7th, the Sturgis Bike Rally provided us with the opportunity not only to raise funds but to also promote positive relationships between the Lakota people, the biker community and the town of Sturgis. This year was the 75th anniversary of the Rally.
Kelly Quinn, also known as Throttle Girl, is an Icon for the motorcycle community. Kelly has chosen to use her position to raise funds for One Spirit and the Lakota people. This year there was a 100 mile ride from The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis to Belle Fourche. Over 100 Bikers paid $80 to participate in the ride that began with Lakota prayer and the smudging of the riders and bikes. Two tipis were erected at either end of the ride, one at the Buffalo Chip and one at Belle Fourche.
Joining Hands in Solidarity
At Belle Fourche, the riders dipped their hands in paint and placed a handprint on the tipi as a sign of solidarity with the Lakota people. James Pine spoke about the significance of Bear Butte. On the return ride from Belle Fourche back to the Buffalo Chip, Bear Butte was continually in front of the riders.
Back at The Buffalo Chip, the event continued with the riders honoring the four Lakota values: Courage, Wisdom, Generosity and Respect. The event ended with a lunch that included wojapi and fry bread, music by The Lefty Jones Band, and a magnificent performance by drummers and dancers from the Reservation in full Regalia.
A Sturgis Rally First
By far the best moment of the day came when the Lakota people stated that this was the first time they felt honored and respected by the Sturgis community.
A special thank you to David Brown Eyes for providing all of the photos in this newsletter. To see more of David's beautiful photographs of the Sturgis Rally events check out the following links:
Lakota Heritage Ride Belle Fourche
Throttle Girl Lakota Heritage Ride Dancers