Medicine Wheel Ride returns to annual Sturgis Rally events lineup

MEADE COUNTY, S.D. – Every three days, at least one indigenous woman in the United States and Canada vanishes with little accountability. Sunday morning’s Medicine Wheel Ride — one of the many rides planned during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — helped to bring awareness to this problem.

Motorcyclists Taking Part In The Medicine Wheel RideThis was the third annual ride, which started at Bear Butte State Park near Sturgis. Bear Butte, or “Bear Mountain” as it is known in the Lakota language, has long been a location for traditional ceremonies and council meetings. From there, riders were escorted by law enforcement to Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Medicine Wheel Ride was first introduced in 2019 at the Women’s Freedom Rally in Topeka, Kansas.

“A lot of the groups were just getting started, so we decided to start one as well,” Medicine Wheel Ride Co-founder Lynette Red Cloud Roberts explained. “And because we all ride motorcycles, we decided to incorporate this altogether — to make a motorcycle ride in honor of our missing and murdered indigenous women and relatives.”

More than 160 riders took to the road for the more than 70-mile ride. All proceeds go towards resources that assist Native American women and their families, as well as helping in the searches for missing relatives.

“We helped one family with a billboard, and we have helped people make t-shirts with their missing loved-one’s information on there, and with posters as well,” Red Cloud Roberts said. “We have helped families with funeral expenses. We just do things like that to help the family however we can.”

Riders from as far as California and Hawaii have taken part in this ride since its start in Kansas. Anyone interested in joining the rides or helping the organization with spreading awareness of the MMIW Movement can find more information here.

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