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.