|15th Anuual Oglala Commemoration
June 26, 2014
|The day began earlier than usual with the "Run For Freedom", hosted by AIM Grassroots.
Starting the beautiful morning off at Whiteclay, NE, several
youth ran with staffs and flags in prayer for Leonard, and
the victims of the Reign of Terror and also to honor those
who have walked on.
Running from Whiteclay to Oglala was no small feat,
approximately 15 miles in distance through the rolling hills of
Pine Ridge, these young men and one young lady persevered
and made this small sacrifice
People gathered at the Little Family Cemetery, greeting family
and old friends and meeting new ones. The runners were
enthusiastically met by the people and the ceremony begain
with their arrival with recognition of the sacrifice made by the
| A welcome was extended to all and we were reminded of all the sacrifices that were made by those who the Commemorations seek to honor. Elk Nation was on hand to sing the honor songs and Chief Wocekiya Mani said prayer.
The Walk for Justice began shortly afterwards. People walked , the elders and small children rode to the Jumping Bull property.
|There, greetings, prayers and more honor songs were conducted. Chauncey Peltier, Leonard's son was on hand to read Leonard's statement. Leonard phoned, and was humbled by the greetings and support. He was moved that he has not been forgotten.
The Memorial cakes walked around for all to see.
|After the cake was served, the Committee hosted a Children's give-away. In accordance with Leonard's wishes that the children's educational needs are addressed, the Committee holds an Annual School Supply Drive and distributes filled packpacks each year at this event. This year the donations came from Danica Lynch and friends. (Danica is the wife of last year's featured musician / rocker George Lynch, who toured Indian country last year with Shadow Nation and performed at last year's concert.) Also in the give-away were many toys and candy. it is great to see more children coming each year and the excitement on their faces in anticipation. Leonard would be very proud of these children for coming out and participating and hopefully these children will not let the memory of June 26th fade. For ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’|
|After the Jumping Bull Property, everyone moved over to the Br. Rene Hall, where the community meal was served. The meal was both delicious and plentiful. Our sincere thanks go out to the LPSupport Group of Rapid City, the Shield family and all the volunteers for this feast. The feed could not have been pulled off without all your hard work.|
|The Awareness Concert began around 7:00 and kicking off this year's event was long time storyteller rocker J.D. Blackfoot performing his legendary "Song of Crazy Horse". It was been JD's longtime wish to perform this song for the People, and he is grateful for the opportunity and for the graciousness that he was met with.|
|Vice President Tom Poor Bear
(along with his secert service security) spoke on his visit with Leonard earlier in this year and the continued struggle on the Keystone Pipeline. State Rep. Kevin Killer was on hand for the Walk and the Memorial, but could not attend the concert due to a prior engagement. We would like to congratulate he and his crew on attaining enough signatures for the County name change
Longtime supporters, SpyderZback, came out and again rocked us with their hard driving Rez Rock. They performed a moving honor song for Leonard.
A surprise performance by country artist Terry Holiday from Kyle, left us wanting more, especially after his rendition of "Hurt"
A truely powerful performance. Accompanied by Daryl Fast Horse and Justus Richards.
|This year's Honorary Peltier Scholarship was awarded to Alex Fire Thunder Loeb of Kyle, majoring in Social Work counseling. This young man had stellar letters of recommendation and serves as an example of what one can accomplish if given the opportunity to thrive in a culturally completent place of higher learning. Mr. Fire Thunder Loeb exemplifies all that Leonard hopes for the future of our children.|
|Returning Preformers, hard driving metal rockers Maza closed out the night with heart thumping licks.|
|We would like to thank all the families locally involved: Jumping Bull, Little Family, Black Elk Family, Good Voice Elk, Shield, and Janis Families.
Thanks too: Oglala Sioux Tribe, Tom Poor Bear, Kevin Killer, Leonard Peltier & family ( Chauncey, Waha, & Kari Ann) ,ILPSC Defense Office.. AIM Grassroots , Peltier Support -Rapid City, Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel, Our Lady of the Sioux - Sr. Barb, Wal-mart-Chadron, Cakes Etc- Chadron, OST Public Saftey, Intertribal Bison Cooperative, Bruce Long Fox, Tatanka Foods, Billi Hornbeck-OLC, Tom Casey - KILI Radio, Parchcorn Family, Keith Rabin, Danica Lynch & friends, Justus Richards for Sound, Flower JV, the Hall Family, Karen Doris Wright, Renee & Alan, Norris Chee, Mary Pearson, Tad Montgomery. All those who donated to the auction and those of you who placed bids.
Thanks to all the pow-wow committee that invited us in: Washington U - Buder Students - St. Louis, AISA - MO State U, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Pow-wow committee, Ioway Nation-KS/NE, For the People Pow-wow- Columbis MO, Lake Shawnee Pow-wow committee- Topeka KS.
To all the muisicians, who so graciously donate their time and talents to this event.
Spyderzback - Tim Black Bear, Owen Black Elk, Justus Richards
Terry Holliday & Daryl Fast Horse
All in all, this was another great event, we would like to thank everyone who gave us support, without you, this event could not happen.
AS ALWAYS, MUCH LOVE TO OUR FAMILY WHO'S WELCOMING AND HOSPITALITY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED; IT IS GOOD TO COME HOME.
We greatly appriecate all committee members, musicians and guest speakers who donate their time and talents in putting on this event. Last but not least, we wish to thank Leonard for the sacifice of his freedom, his faith and belief in the youth and his continued support of our efforts on his behalf.
Till Next Year !