Sun'ka Wakan Hotanin
Voices for Sacred Horses
Sun'ka Wakan Hotanin, Lakota for Voices for Sacred Horses, is a group led by the Seventh Generation of Indigenous Horse Nations. These riders are coming together to embark on a 200-mile ride to promote a deeper appreciation for wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP), raise awareness about the horses' plight, and encourage continued action for their protection and future generations. The Ride also wants to promote historical healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by sharing traditions and stories, while riding for a like cause, fostering understanding and reconciliation. The ride will also highlight the cultural significance of the horses to Indigenous peoples.
Everyone is welcome, as support crew or rider, one-day participation through the full duration.
April 8-18, 2024, with arrival, set-up,
and settle-in on April 7th.
Standing Rock, Ft. Yates, N. Dakota
to TRNP, Medora, N. Dakota
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The wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a captivating symbol of freedom and resilience, embodying the spirit of the American West. Descendants of horses that once roamed the Great Plains freely, they have adapted to the park's rugged terrain and harsh climate, developing unique traits and behaviors.
The centuries-old bond between wild horses and Indigenous peoples is rooted in mutual respect and reliance. Horses hold sacred status, symbolizing strength, freedom, and spiritual significance. Historically, they provided crucial mobility for hunting, trade, and territorial expansion, reflected in stories, songs, and traditions. Today, wild horses in places like Theodore Roosevelt National Park serve as a living reminder of this heritage, showcasing the enduring relationship between Indigenous peoples and nature.
Indigenous communities, advocates, people of influence, and individuals unite to speak with one voice for Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) to ensure the preservation of its wild horses. Together, they amplify concerns about management practices threatening the horses' existence, advocating for policies respecting their cultural significance and ecological importance. Through collaboration and solidarity, they demonstrate the power of unity in protecting TRNP's natural and cultural heritage for future generations.
The coming together of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on the Sun'ka Wakan Hotanin Ride to bring voices together represents a significant step towards reconciliation and understanding from historical wounds. By sharing experiences, stories, and traditions, both groups can forge connections, dispel misconceptions, and build mutual respect. This collaborative effort acknowledges past injustices and aims to create a more inclusive and harmonious future. Through dialogue and partnership, healing can begin, paving the way for a more unified and compassionate society.
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