Our dear friend Chuck Greywolf, has again been invited by the organizers of the Chief Big Foot Wounded Knee Memorial Ride, to once again attend to help with prayers, singing, drumming and of course, to help with the cooking for all riders and participants. This will be Chuck's 3rd consecutive year in attendance, and if all goes as planned, I will have the immense honor of volunteering along side of Chuck this year!
The dates for this year's Ride are December 22nd - 29th from Bridger, South Dakota to the Memorial at Wounded Knee, a 145-mile pilgrimage.
Chuck is in need of leasing a RV (for cooking and lodging) and will be taking food, snacks for the children, hand & foot warmers, propane, a large generator, dried food, veggies and all sizes of baggies.
We appreciate any donation that you are able to help with and nothing given is too small. There will also be Chuck's, now Famous-Traditional-Fund-Raiser-Chili Feed in Boise, December 8th (from 5:00 to 8:30) at the First Congressional United Church of Christ AND on December 16th in Bulh, Idaho at the 8th Street Center for Peace (from 5:30 to 8:00) We will also have a Drawing and Silent Auction at the Feed, so please keep this in mind if you will have any items or services to donate. Any Musicians who would like to volunteer for the Chili Feed, please message me. More info on the dinner will be forth coming.
Please help us help Chuck for this important yearly ride. Thank you!
History of The Wounded Knee
On December 29, 1890 at the water’s edge of Wounded Knee Creek located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation approximately 90 miles from current day Rapid City SD the United States 7th Calvary lead by Col. Forsyth surrounded approximately 300 Lakota Sioux men, women and children. The Lakota Sioux had gathered at the Pine Ridge Reservation after Chief Sitting Bull had been killed while being arrested on December 15th on the Standing Rock Reservation.
The Lakota were greatly outnumbered, winter was in full rage on the Plains, the women and children were cold and hungry. Chief Spotted Elk (Big Foot) and the others had surrendered their weapons with very few exceptions. The Medicine Mad danced the “Ghost Dance” with the promise of protection from the white man’s bullets. A single shot was heard and the army’s Hotchkiss machine guns raked the Indian teepees with grapeshot and the massacre commenced. When the smoke cleared 25 soldiers were killed and somewhere between 175 and 225 Lakota Sioux lay dead on the red winter snow.
The surviving People of the Horse fled with what they could carry and retreated to Bridger 140 miles on foot in early January of 1891.
The annual return to Wounded Knee on foot and horseback in the dead of winter is not a plea for pity but of understanding and a solemn dedication to the resilience and pride of a heritage, not lost but, preserved for the spirit in a good way.