Three Teams Headed to Denver
for the Colfax Marathon Relay, May 16 & 17
This year for the first time ever, One Spirit is sending a Youth Team to compete in the Colfax events. Five Lakota youth will experience the thrill of the race and will help represent the Lakota athletes. The youth will be housed by a Denver resident and One Spirit supporter.
We are also sending two adult teams to the Denver Colfax Marathon for a total of three Lakota teams. We'll be publishing the results and taking pictures so stay tuned!
Run for Life is Postponed until Tuesday, May 19 due to the Snow Storm.
Because so many Pine Ridge roads are still impassible, the Run for Life has been postponed until next Tuesday, May 19. We are looking forward to better weather and a great turn out.
A very special thanks to all who supported the Run for Life! We're grateful to you for helping make this special event possible!
Coming up Next: Youth New Warrior Camps
New Warrior Program Schedules 2015
- Crazy Horse Ride June 7th - 11th
- June New Warrior Camp June 17th - 26th (Little Big Horn Ride)
- July New Warrior Camp July 16th - 19th Black Hills / Badlands Adventures
- August New Warrior July 26th - 29th Oglala Nation
We welcome you to show your support for these Lakota Youth Programs:
June 7 – 11 Crazy Horse Ride
Since 1997, the Crazy Horse Ride provided a great outdoor experience for the youth. Summer time in Lakota country has been a time of campfire fun for our youth - drug and alcohol free events/camps. Our staff noticed the need after past Crazy Horse rides (279 rider participation) to “keep the camp fires burning”. A great event turnout was enough to have a very strong impact on our youth. It was like everyone was participating on the ride, and when it was over our youth would say, “We wish it was longer”. The New Warrior Camp made that wish a reality in 2011. The New Warrior Camps, now in the 4th year and growing in numbers, are about keeping our youth in a sober, drug free environment and giving them the tools they need to cope with life’s tougher problems.
When not on one of the rides we are based on Brewer Buffalo ranch west of Pine Ridge. Talking circles teach our youth to speak about feelings and allow ourselves freedom from being trapped within tough issues. The teaching of the values of our ways through the Buffalo, horse, inipi, and Lakota way of life makes our program great for our youth.
The New Warrior Camps
Hello, My name is Bamm Brewer. I have been the organizer of the Crazy Horse ride for 17 years. This year the theme for our ride is “New Warrior”. We believe our camps through the years have become a “Rite of Passage” for our youth. The entire oyate and parents are so proud after their youth complete the Crazy Horse ride and/or one of our camps. It is really a great experience, that of being close to your horse and the ancestors feel so close. I can say that for what our youth are going through today there is hope. I have been sober close to 20 years and I really enjoy helping our youth so they don’t have to go down the path I took years ago. I know reservation life can be tough and the kids all act like it’s boring, but I have lived and found many hobbies that helped me to walk the red road, such as fishing, hunting, horses, guitars, music recording, mechanizing, auto body, wood working, arts and crafts. We at the ranch have the ability to help youth find their own path and interests. Our summer time activities develop connections and strength that provide needed support all year long.