This year's LakotaRide will be different than in year's past, with a focus on honoring individuals, organizations and communities, across Colorado's Front Range, who have supported the Lakota People of Pine Ridge through the LakotaRide and other Tipi Raiser's initiatives over the years.
Riders this year will primarily be Lakota Tribal members from the Pine Ridge reservation with select non-Native riders joining them on an invitation basis.
We invite you to join as a supporter, attend the opening ceremony or come to any of the free wicotis - with drumming, dancing, cultural presentations and dialogue around reconciliation. These are planned throughout the five days.
There are also a number of free spots available to join the LakotaRide community as a a friend and ride supporter; assisting in any of the following ways:
LakotaRide 2021 Schedule
We invite you to join us for the opening ceremony or any of the three wicotis (wee-cho-teas - outdoor camps). These are great opportunities to join in community and enjoy traditional Lakota cultural presentations such as drumming, dancing and storytelling. When Native and non-Native people come together in this way, opportunities emerge to understand each other's culture, engage in genuine dialogue and create lasting friendships.
Saturday, July 24th
Opening Ceremony at Cottonwood Riding Club in Littleton, CO at 11:00 am
Riding: Cottonwood to Flying B Park in Littleton
Sunday, July 25th
Riding: Littleton to John Meade Park in Cherry Hills Village
Wicoti at John Meade Park in Cherry Hills Village at 6:00 pm
Monday, July 26th
Riding: Golden to Boulder
Wicoti at UUCB in Boulder at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 27th
Riding: Boulder to Longmont
Wednesday, July 28th
Riding: Longmont to Loveland
Wicoti at High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland at 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 29th
Closing circle for riders and supporters before heading home
More about the LakotaRide:
Purpose of the Ride
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 connect through the sacred horse medicine! It is through experiences like this, and through the other activities that the Tipi Raisers facilitates, that we can begin to understand, heal and ultimately reconcile the trauma of America's complicated history with the Lakota people. The LakotaRide also serves as an important fundraiser to support our year-round, humanitarian projects on the reservation, the Gen7 Youth Leadership program, traditional art, dance and storytelling presentations as well free, open volunteer groups that are offered year-round.
Evolution of the Ride:
The LakotaRide began in Breckenridge, Colorado in 2014 with just two riders going up and over the 14,000 foot Continental Divide and ending in Boulder a week later. For the five years following this epic launch of the LakotaRide, it gained momentum, riders and miles! Each of those five years the LakotaRide moved from Douglas County, Colorado through Colorado's front range and crossed over the Wyoming and Nebraska state lines before ending, twenty two days and over 400 miles later, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In 2020, this tradition was paused due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and we celebrated the previous rides and riders through our virtual event- The Spirit of the LakotaRide.
2021 is the beginning of shorter rides that are more keenly focused on reconciliation, raising awareness and sharing gratitude.
The Tipi Raisers is registered as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization in the State of South Dakota. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed or emailed.
Donations can be made online or mailed to:
7830 W. Alameda Ave. Ste. 103-186
Lakewood, CO 80226
Physical Location: Little Finger Building
29128 US-18 Oglala, SD 57764
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