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Oomaka Tokatakiya to begin Big Foot ride
                            By Karen L. Testerman
                                 Today staff
                            Northern Plains Bureau

LITTLE EAGLE, S.D. - For the fifth winter, young horseback riders are
making a 300-mile trek
across South Dakota in memory of Chief Big Foot and his people. 
Oomaka Tokatakiya  - Future Generations, began the crucial two-week ride
Dec. 15, in memory
of more than 350 Lakota, mostly old men, women and children, massacred by
the U.S. Army at
Wounded Knee in 1890. 
Chief Big Foot and his Mniconjou and members of Sitting Bull's Hunkpapa
bands, are ancestors of
countless Lakota still living on the Standing Rock, 

Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge Indian reservations. Many riders and
supporters are descendants
of those who trekked across the land to their peril in Wounded Knee. 
"I did not know then how much was ended, " Black Elk said of the massacre.
"A people's dream
died there in the bloody mud. [Now] the nation's hoop is broken and
At the urging of many Lakota elders, the Oomaka Tokatakiya have picked up
the people's dream
and the ride is their effort to mend the Sacred Hoop of the Lakota people. 
The young riders will lead their mounts down the same valleys and across
the same rolling plains
along which Chief Big Foot's people and members of Sitting Bull's bands
fled. Most were
half-naked and on foot, in fear of retribution from the U.S. Army's 7th
Cavalry, hoping to find
refuge at the Pine Ridge Agency. 
The spiritual journey will end at Wounded Knee Creek on Dec. 28, as did the
lives of those who
were slain there 100-years ago. <<END EXCERPT

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