Sitting Bull Offers New Horsemanship Program

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Tribal College News

HORSE CULTURE. Students in the horsemanship program become re-aquainted with the horse's historical and cultural significance for Lakota/Dakota people. Photo by Ron Walters

Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) teaches students and community members about the care and training of horses through a certified horsemanship program. Joe Dunn directs the nine-month certificate program, which provides classroom instruction and hands-on activities. Students study equine management practices and the spiritual and historical significance of the Lakota/Dakota horse culture.

Students can take part in National Inter-Collegiate Rodeo Association events and help local schools establish rodeo teams and events. They can participate in two annual horse rides (Future Generations Ride and Chiefs Ride) hosted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sitting Bull College, and local area ranchers along the route.

The annual Future Generations Ride (formerly known as the Bigfoot Memorial Ride) is a two-week event in December. Riders retrace the route taken by Chief Bigfoot and his Lakota followers, who fled the Standing Rock Reservation immediately following the murder of Lakota leader and medicine man, Sitting Bull.

For additional information about the Sitting Bull College horsemanship program, contact Joe Dunn at (701) 854-8000 or email

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