Parade Cover Features Future Generations Ride

Aug 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-1: Sovereignty in Indian Country, Tribal College News

EMBRACING EDUCATION. PARADE magazine featured four Lakota children (Rose High Elk, Brandy Hill, Ridge Cadotte, and Wiyaka His Horse is Thunder) along with Ron His Horse is Thunder, president of Sitting Bull College. Photo by Gwendolen Cates

“The stories that emerge from Indian country all too often tell of the poverty, despair, and hopelessness that have dominated the lives of Indian tribes for more than 200 years.

“This, however, is not one of those stories,” Kevin Fedarko wrote in the May 16, 2004, issue of PARADE. The article describes the annual horseback ride that Lakota people, mostly children, make each December to remember the sacrifices of their ancestors and especially the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

“It is a tale of hope, healing, and redemption,” the article says. The magazine includes several compelling photos by Gwendolen Cates, author of the photography book, Indian Country. Four Lakota children are pictured on the cover along with Ron His Horse is Thunder, president of Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND.

On June 3, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) carried the magazine to the Senate floor and talked about His Horse Is Thunder’s heritage and passion for improving educational opportunities in Indian Country. The senator described the physical conditions of schools on reservations and proposed a significant infusion of funds.

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