Posts Tagged ‘Sturgis motorcycle rally’

The famed – or infamous, depending on one’s point of view – Sturgis motorcycle rally is going on this week in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and this story by the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal‘s Ruth Brown talks about a cultural exchange that’s part of it. No, we’re not talking comparisons of bikes and tattoos. It’s about two motorcycle runs involving Native people:

ironponySharing traditional stories and legends of the Native American people sets two motorcycle runs apart from the others during the Sturgis rally.

The Iron Pony Inter-Tribal Honor Run began Saturday, Aug. 7, in Wounded Knee. Native people from throughout the country are participating and sharing stories about their tribes.

“It’s a cultural exchange, and we can talk about each other’s tribes and share stories,” said Rex Carolyn, who is organizing the ride. “When everyone leaves they will go home knowing something about other tribes and tell their tribe about it. That’s how we preserve our culture. That’s how we make people understand.”

The Iron Pony Run began at Wounded Knee and moves to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation powwow grounds before moving on to Red Shirt Table.

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Here’s the story in full from today’s Rapid City (S.D.) Journal on the controversy surrounding the Hoka Hey Challenge (See previous post here):

Widespread skepticism over a purported charity motorcycle race from Florida to Alaska has prompted Oglala Sioux Tribe officials to release a written statement distancing the tribe from the race’s organizers.

OST President Theresa Two Bulls said in a written release Monday titled “Hokay Hey! A Challenge or a Scam?” that tribal leadership has been overwhelmed with phone calls and e-mails from individuals concerning the race.

Organizers of the event, which started June 20 in Key West, Fla., and concluded July 4 in Homer, Alaska, have said the winner was to receive $500,000. According to the OST’s news release, a spokesperson for Hoka Hey indicated that prize money had been donated by the Lakota and would be awarded during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in August.

“The Oglala Sioux Tribe was not contacted by the organizers of the event and are not aware of the existence of a half million dollars for the prize. Nor is the Tribe aware of any Lakota band donating such an amount for this event,” the release states.

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You know Sturgis – the famous (OK, infamous) motorcycle rally held every summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

This year’s bike-building competition at Sturgis will feature Daniel Sanchez, who’ll pit his talents against those of winners of 18 such events in 16 countries.

The Web page for Daniel Sanchez's Cut Throat Customs bike business (cutthroatcustomsfabrication.com)

The Web page for Daniel Sanchez's Cut Throat Customs bike business (cutthroatcustomsfabrication.com)

As this news release explains, here:

    Daniel Sanchez of Cut Throat Customs, Inc. is a Texas born Metal Fabricator and Motorcycle Builder with more than 20 years experience in the field. Daniel’s inspiration for his work comes from a family history of metal workers, including his Great Grandfather who was an Apache Metal Artisan. The style and originality showcased in the motorcycles that he creates is indicative of his diverse heritage stemming from Mexican, Apache Indian and American roots. His team’s work can be viewed at their shop located on the outskirts of Houston in Humble, TX. You can find out more about Daniel and Cut Throat Customs at www.cutthroatcustomsfabrication.com.

If you can’t go to Sturgis, you can watch the event here.

Gwen Florio

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The early stages of the Crazy Horse Memorial in Crazy Horse, S.D. (Rapid City Journal)

The early stages of the Crazy Horse Memorial in Crazy Horse, S.D. (Rapid City Journal)


Here’s the entire story from today’s Rapid City Journal:

Officials at Crazy Horse Memorial north of Custer plan one of the largest blasts in the history of the project.

While work continues on the horse’s head, Wednesday’s blast will remove 4,362 tons from an area called the 300 bench. The 300 bench represents work being done 300 feet below the top of Crazy Horse’s head, according to a news release from the memorial. The blast is planned for 2 p.m.

While blast work is common at the enormous sculpture, blasts of this magnitude are very unusual. According to Crazy Horse officials, the 4,362 tons is the equivalent of 363 dump truck loads of rock.

For more information, call (605) 673-4681 or go to the memorial’s Weg site, here.

And, um, stand clear. There is, of course, debate over the propriety of the memorial, given that Crazy Horse refused to let his image be captured. (Maybe the pile of rock in that photo looks like him, but maybe not. I gotta say, it makes me a little hinky even to run the photo.)

There was some chatter during the recent Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally when Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler took a tumble from the stage, breaking his shoulder. Said stage just happened to be near Bear Butte, a site sacred to Native people, who have have gathered in recent years to protest the noise, loud music and drinking associated with the rally. I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this, but it just makes me nervous to mess with this stuff. You know?

Gwen Florio

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