Lakota tribal members from the Pine Ridge Reservation are taking part in a four-day Trail Ride from Wanblee to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
The ride is a spiritual journey to call attention to the planned Keystone XL pipeline.
“Sunka Wakan” – literally, “Sacred Dog” – is the Lakota name for the horse. Before its arrival, the dog was the primary animal of the Lakota. Since the horse entered the Great Plains culture, it’s been viewed by the Lakota as a sacred gift from the Creator.