PINE RIDGE, S.D. (KOTA TV) The frigid temperatures and snow didn’t stop the riders on the Annual Bigfoot Memorial Ride made their way to Wounded Knee Friday to mark the anniversary of the 1890 massacre there.
Each year since 1986 riders have retraced the path Chief Bigfoot’s Lakota band traveled from Bridger, South Dakota, on what today is the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to Wounded Knee. About fifty riders made the journey this year that included ceremonies at Wounded Knee and a final prayer in Pine Ridge Village. Participants say reliving the long ride is important way to remember the past and to help build a strong future.
“It’s about remembering Chief Big Foot and his people,” said John Two-Hawks. “It’s about healing a wound that has existed in our culture since that day. And going back to that p;lace is a way to do that.”
As many as 300 Lakota were killed in the Massacre by members of the U.S. 7th Cavalry.