Each day of the Summit includes a ceremonial ride from each of the Four Directions into our Tipi Village in Sedalia, CO. The public is invited to the welcoming drum ceremony as we greet the riders and to stay for events listed on the schedule below. We encourage you to stick around after the speakers and get to know the Tipi Raiser's community! Please RSVP at the link below. All events are free to the public!
PLEASE NOTE: This event is held at the Denver Polo Club at6359 Airport Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135. Thisis an outdoor event, please prepare according to the weather forecast. The tipi village is in a setting with uneven footing, please come prepared with proper footwear. There is a short walk from the parking to the village - no more than 1/4 mile. We also encourage guests to bring a water bottle and a camp chair!
Days 1 and 2 / Saturday & Sunday Four Directions Ride from the North on Saturday and the East on Sunday
Both days - Open to the public at noon: Join the welcoming drum ceremony as the horses and riders arrive and stay for cultural presentations, honoring ceremony and intimate dialogues with Tribal members.
Special Afternoon Event: Lakota Star Knowledge - 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Fiske Planetarium Theater in Boulder. -- Historically, several Lakota bands conducted a sacred pilgrimage through the Black Hills every summer which started at Black Elk Peak as the first stop (marked by the Pleiades = Winchichila Shakowin), progressed to Buffalo Gap, Ple Sla’ and then on to Mato Tipila at the summer solstice to conduct the Sun Dance. This unique Lakota star tradition followed the progression of the Sun through the stars to inform annual pilgrimages through the Black Hills for timing sacred ceremonies and for optimal hunting and gathering. There is some evidence that this tradition is quite old, perhaps dating from two millennia ago. Please join us at the Fiske Planetariumto immerse in this planetary lesson rooted in Lakota wisdom.
SundayIndigenous Wisdom Speaker: Marty Chase Alone, Executive Director and Founder of Southdown Indian Mountain Veterans Group, US Army Veteran, former Police Officer, Pipe Carrier, and Sun Dancer will be speaking about his experiences of growing up on Pine Ridge as a young man and then leaving to create a life outside of it -- learning then to "walk in both worlds. "
Sunday Native American Flutist: Joseph Medicine Robe
Days 3 and 4 / Monday and Tuesday Four Directions Ride from the South on Monday and the West on Tuesday
Both days - Open to the public at 6:30 PM: Join the welcoming drum ceremony as the horses and riders arrive and stay for cultural presentations, honoring ceremony and intimate dialogues with Tribal members.
Monday Indigenous Wisdom Speaker: Darryl Slim is a traditional Diné (Navajo) Wellness Educator who grew up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. He conducts ceremonies, holds group healing circles and provides individual mentoring. Darryl grounds all Tipi Raiser's events that he attends in presence and beauty and will be sharing his stories and Indigenous wisdom.
Tuesday Indigenous Wisdom Speaker: Rhyia JoyHeart (Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho) held the title of Princess at the 2014-2015 Eastern Shoshone Indian Days and is a former Gen7 youth. Rhyia is currently a student at CCD and sits on the board of the White Horse Creek Council. Rhyia is an inspiring young woman who holds the promise of her Ancestors in her spirit and how she lives her life. Rhyia will perform a Jingle Dance and share words about her People, culture and lifeways.
Note: The Tipi Village is at the Denver Polo Club. Signage will be visible pointing you to the Summit.
In alignment with the Indigenous wisdom of reciprocity and gift economies, all Tipi Raiser's events and programs are FREE. We believe that those who join us on our mission receive the gift that is inherent in that experience and that they will give back to the best of their ability - in this way, we can all stay in balance. "When a society loses the sacred - when everything has a monetary value, the commoditization of human life cannibalizes itself." Basil Brave Heart
It is through grants and donations that we are able to subsidize all Tipi Raiser's programs including the Summit & Ride.
Please consider making a Donation! In addition to raising awareness around conditions in Native communities, sharing Indigenous wisdom and advancing reconciliation, revenue generated through this event supports the following Tipi Raiser's initiatives:
Providing employment and job training for Tribal members in positions ranging from labor, driving and programming.
Providing firewood, food and necessary supplies throughout the year to families in the Native communities we serve.
Providing scholarships for Native and non-Native youth to participate in Gen7 gatherings throughout the year; visiting each other's communities, learning about one another and gaining interpersonal and leadership skills to impact change in their communities.
Facilitating events like the Summit & Ride in which Indigenous perspectives on historical events and current conditions are shared and common understanding is gained.
The Tipi Raisers is a registered nonprofit in Colorado and South Dakota and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C)(3).
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