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Old 04-09-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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Wounded Knee Gathering - Summer 2006

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Wounded Knee Gathering Summer 2006

Hello Friends & Relatives,

I am sending this message with the most deepest, sincere, warm welcome. We are planning a gathering of People here in "Cankpe Opi," Wounded Knee, this summer.

Our first and foremost purpose of this gathering is to Honor our Ancestors that lay buried on this sacred ground. In the annals of history, one of the most Heinous crimes ever committed happened here on these grounds. We are attempting to bring awareness that atrocities like this should never ever happen again.

Today our people are confronted by many barriers that keep us oppressed. We hope this gathering will open the doors to a new era of hope and understanding among all people and create unity. It will bridge a gap between two different worlds. "A Lakota Holy Man stated that the Sacred Tree had died and the sacred hoop had shattered in 1890 at Wounded Knee. He said that the Sacred Tree will bloom again in the future." That time in the future is here, now at Wounded Knee. It is not the end of the trail, it is the beginning.

We will be conducting ceremonies at the Mass Grave during this event (August 7-13, 2006). Lakota medicine man, Leonard Crow Dog will be conducting the ceremony. We will have a motorcycle ride from the Crazy Horse monument to Wounded Knee massacre site. Chief Big Foot Memorial Riders on horseback will lead bikers to the ceremony. All are welcome. Entertainment during the day will include a Pow-Wow and a bull riders' only rodeo. In the evenings, we will have live music. The music will include Native American performers (like Koh-Teh!) as well as country and rock performers. We think we will even have a local "battle of the bands" event so members of our community can showcase their talents, too.

We are just now in the planning stages and we are seeking support and donations from anyone.

Sponsors have been contacted and so far our major one has not been located. Once we find our main sponsor, this event will begin to take shape very quickly. Keep checking back here on Koh-Teh's site, as he has generously offered us much help, one of the ways he is helping is to offer us a few pages here on his web site. Until we can get our own site, checking this one is a good way to stay updated on the event. So far, Koh-Teh's site is the ONLY approved forum for the Wounded Knee Memorial Ride.

There will be plenty of camping space available as well as ample bike parking. Horse rentals will be available for tours during the event. We plan to have some VIP tipis, as well as others available for rental. Food vendors and t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event. Food and other vendors please contact me at Garry Rowland as well as anyone who would like to help with donations of money or time. We need to build a stage, mow the grass, make the ground level, there is much work to do and it takes funding and volunteers.

This is an event full of honor, respect, and love. It is not a money-making endeavor. After we pay the entertainers, sound equipment, dumpster rentals, etc. we will be lucky to break even. If there is any money left at the end of the event, it will go into maintenance of the Wounded Knee Visitor Center and upkeep of the Mass Grave site.

This is going to be an annual event, so let's work together to put Wounded Knee back on the map this year and in the following years they'll know how to find us and the event will only get bigger and better. All are cordially invited to be part of honoring the past and healing the future. This is history in the making, be part of the mending of the Sacred Hoop. So, "Meet me at the Knee."

Hokahey,
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Mitakuye Oyasin
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:16 PM   #2
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Who is the contact person for this? Sounds like a good time! My Mom lives literally a few hundred feet from the grave site, on the old Denby/Batesland road, so I'd be available to help in anyway I can. On a personal note, I'm not to keen on L. Crow Dog, but I believe in the cause...so I'd be willin to put personal issues aside and honor memories with a good heart. Just let me know who to get in contact with.
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would love to donate monies to this event

please contact me

hope to make it in our summer plans as well
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Oh and, honey....only men say Hokahey....but of course I don't know your situation!
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