Support the Future Generation Riders! Riding with and for the ancestors-South Dakota!

WOUNDED KNEE, SD – They gave up their warm beds and spent Christmas away from their families. For the last two weeks many Lakota young people have been committed to prayer as they rode their horses along the same frozen trail Chief Big Foot and his band followed 120 years ago after the murder of Sitting Bull on Standing Rock.

Once known as the Big Foot Memorial Ride, the Omaka Tokatakiya/Future Generation Ride has a Facebook group page informing visitors theirs is a way to “Celebrate Life and a New Generation, with a Vision that our Children and Great Grandchildren will continue to live in good health and happiness.” The group is proud they have “survived and will continue to carry the prayers that elders of the Bigfoot Ride have made for” them.

Several Youth Leaders were named for the Omaka Tokatakiya on Dec. 28th, 2009. The appointment of these leaders officially transitioned the group from the Bigfoot Memorial Riders to the Omaka Tokatakiya / Future Generations Riders.

: Charley New Holy (Oglala area); Joe Sierra, Anpowin White Plume, Tyson White Plume, and Rosie Lip (Manderson area); Tre Goings (Pine Ridge area); Jeremiah Young Bull Bear (Kyle area).

: Edgar Yellow Earring and Martin Taken Alive (Bull Head area); Paige Bailey (Ft. Yates area); TC Hill, Ramey Hill, Melania Fast Horse, Kim Cameron, Wiyaka His Horse is Thunder, Kody Nadeau and Teddy Iron Cloud (Wakpala area-Spirit Riders).

Nicole Silk and Joseph Looking Horse (Green Grass area); Lisa Lone Eagle (Dupree area); and Kelly Romero (Cherry Creek area).

: this morning the Standing Rock group left the banks of the Grand River, as the day goes by I ask all of you to say a little prayer for them because today our prayers have started for the Future Generations “Omaka Tokatakiya.”

: tonight a lot of us are spending our last nights in warm beds and thinking about what’s to come tomorrow and we’ll be suffering and praying for our Future Generations. What little we have we will continue our journey bringing hope, peace and strength to our nations. Great Creator of all beings grant us a safe journey as we travel our grandfather’s and grandmother’s road guide us well, give our horses strength and may we walk and ride in good health. As for our young people, let their path be clear and no harm to come to them bless them and watch over them and show us leaders how to guide.

a meal at Bridger Community Center in Bridger, SD. The riders from Standing Rock totaled 40. We have about 75 youth and 15 adults leaving from Bridger.

: we are saddling up this morning and making our way to the north fork of the Bad River. 10:22 am: we are on our way in the 25th Big Foot/Omaka Tokatakiya Ride.

: At 1:44pm after 26 hours we are finally out of the dead zone. We made our first camp last night at 7pm with 98 riders. Today, we left our camp with 120 riders. And at 6:46 pm we are now at Big Foot Pass.

Today 92 riders crossed the White River. We lost 18 riders to lame horses and the cold air. We made our camp around 4pm. We are resting at the Little Wound School in Kyle, SD.

Today belongs to the horse! All the horses will take a day of rest. And starting off our first activity of the day is a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament with Cheyenne Rock, Pine Ridge, Little Eagle, Cherry Creek, Standing Rockies and Takojas; we have our own LNI here on the ride.

– the ride pulled out from Red Owl Springs at 8am, making their way to Wounded Knee. I estimate they will ride into Wounded Knee around 3 or 4pm today. Tonight there is a gathering at the Wounded Knee School Gym.

-a prayer ceremony to remember the ancestors will be held at the gravesite.


Responses to "Omaka Tokatakiya ‘Future Generation Ride’: Young Lakota riders complete another year of prayer "

  1. Anonymous says:

    All you young people are brave and strong. Your ancestors and families must be very proud of you. :)

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  3. Anonymous says:

    These riders represent all of us! Keep RIDING!

  4. Anonymous says:

    May the Creator watch over you on your journey, May the Spirits of Your Grandmothers & Grandfathers Guide You and All our PEOPLE ON TURTLE ISLAND.
    This I pray for you and Your generations to come from the Battle River Cree Machanas'

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for leading the way for future generations and showing the positive of our young people. Showing the world!! Your physical and mental strength in a family.

  6. Joy Redhand ONeill says:

    Thank you for all of the children, everywhere. What you are doing is important, never doubt that. This is leadership of the good kind. We need it. The world needs it. You are all very special people. Creator bless you.

  7. mashuri newell says:

    stay true to the great spirit, so that the great spirit may stay true to you,ameen.

  8. caroline says:

    You complete unfinished for some and repeat the paths traveled for riders of the ancient past that once followed the same trails... your journey is spiritual in nature and its outcome will be blessed for each of you and for all those who hear of your travels... thank you for taking up the old ways with your hearts seeking hope, peace, strength, health and happiness as and example that should be followed by the whole world!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good job, so proud of you all who participate.
    Love from Australia

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  11. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful thing to do...Keep up your amazing work and prayers for all of humanity and the planet that is our Mother....And I will keep doing it from here...Much Love, strength and Warm sunshine after the Rain here in United Kingdom x

  12. Unknown says:

    So very proud of what you all are doing! May the Creator always watch over you as you ride this journey!

  13. Anonymous says:

    So proud of all of you!! May you and all future generations be blessed and may you inspire more and more to join you. Love your Strong hearts!!! Great Blessings to you all always!! Santa Fe, NM

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  15. Anonymous says:

    So proud of you, espeically the riders from Standing Rock who came the longest distance. Lili!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you all are the hope for a good future for our people, and most of all for your sacrufice. The ancestors are with you.

  17. Lex Sitanala says:

    Keep up the spirit. Remembering the ancestors is keeping up your identity. Keep on riding brothers...........!!!!!

  18. Laura says:

    Amazing, inspiring...

  19. Anonymous says:

    We are with you. Beside you. Supporting you. Thank you for riding.

  20. Anonymous says:

    May the Great Spirit guide you and protect you all on your journey

  21. Teary eyed and with knots in my stomach, I have empathy in my heart; and I feel tremendously uplifted and empowered by your living bond with your Fallen Ones, and by your resolute onwardness. Bright Blessings.

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