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Riding back to Pine Ridge for Crazy Horse

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. (KELO) –The Oglala Lakota Veterans Pow Wow in Pine Ridge marks the end of travels for the Crazy Horse Riders. 

This group started their travels in Fort Robinson, Nebraska, where Crazy Horse died. 

This journey makes the ride back from Fort Robinson that Crazy Horse was unable to make himself after his death.

“So our mission was to just go out of there and ride out of there. So just in a humble way like the common man we just kept that. The purpose was just to go ride out of there and we did it in honor of Crazy Horse and in honor of our veterans,” Event Founder Charles “Bamm” Brewer said.

For over 26 years the Crazy Horse Ride has seen a variety of different riders through its time. With the average being around 150 to 200 riders each year participating on the three day trek.

This ride is around 90 miles on horseback. Brewer says the ride consists of over 75% of youth riders.

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“Our ways are kind of being carried on to the next generation. And that there are people who are still even in their old age, are still willing to get up on a horse and endure this ride and go through it, all the way through,” Rider Maxx Broken Nose said.

This long trek is a way to help the youth with perseverance and toughness.

“You know we have a high suicide rate and alcoholism, you know, all that stuff. So we try to keep the kids focused on just being strong on the inside right here and being able to withstand some of the tough spots of this new world,” Brewer said.

The riders completed their ride as the Veterans Pow Wow kicked off Thursday evening.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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