Every year, the LakotaRide sets off from Sedalia, Colorado and travels for 22 days on horseback to reach the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Why? To raise awareness and funds for reconciliation efforts – and what better way than through gathering for food, sacred drums and listening to Lakota elders!
Through the efforts of the Tipi Raisers, a South Dakota-based nonprofit with a mission to right the injustices and traumas against the Lakota by the government of the past and present, our community was able to welcome and learn from the Lakota riders that trotted into John Meade Park on July 14. The public gathering, or wicote, put on that evening by the Tipi Raisers brought our local communities and the riders together around the sacred drum, speeches by the Lakota elders and a meal prepared by Tocabe Restaurant.
If you missed this evening, one of our neighbors in the Village kindly shared a video of one of the speeches. Click here to watch this amazing recap video!
Thank you to everyone that attended. And very special thank you’s to our event partners:
- Platte Valley Pony Club
- Susan Morrice
Kids in the Creek Event
On Saturday, July 20, 30 friends – most of whom were under the age of 8 – joined the Cherry Hills Land Preserve and Denver Audubon at Woodie Hollow Park for a sunny morning of exploring and splashing in the creek that runs through the park. We encountered a momma duck with her baby ducklings, fished up crawdads – which we examined and released – and cleaned up trash found in the creek.
Kate Hogan with Denver Audubon explained about the creek eco-system and how it supports life over, around and in the creek. We are happy to report that all friends made it out of the creek in one piece but completely drenched!