The MC lifestyle is a tribal culture based on respect and long standing traditions. There is a Tribal culture
that deserves our respect that was around long before motorcycles. Please read though this letter and consider what
and how our actions can affect others. Thank You.
This letter is to all those
well-meaning bikers who participate in the Sturgis Bike Rally in South
Dakota, in August. We believe that the majority of you are not aware
of the destruction the rally is causing to one of Indian peoples' most sacred sites, Bear Butte. Very few non-Indians
know that for many centuries all the Tribes of the Great Plains worshipped and conducted sacred ceremonies at Bear Butte. It is a place for quiet
prayers of thanksgiving and for seeking spiritual guidance with ancient ceremonies.
The spring and summer months through August, is when the
Tribes travel to Bear Butte to conduct their annual ceremonies. These prayers and ceremonies do not stop simply because the
rally has started. For the past few years there has been a continual encroachment of bars and venues heading towards the sacred
mountain. Since the arrival of Sturgis County Line and other venues next to Bear Butte, traditional people are forced to pray
with loud music from bars, mufflers and flashing strobe lights over the mountain, instead of praying in peace. In April
2008, Sturgis County Line announced they will be opening year-round and hosting many events throughout the summer. This will
make it virtually impossible to pray in peace all summer long.
Most of you are probably unaware that returning Indian veterans of wars since
before World War 1, have made their way to the sacred mountain to pray, fast and give thanks for their safe return. Most
veterans wouldn't know that the Cheyenne Nation conducted ceremonies on Bear Butte during WW1, WW2, Korea and Viet Nam to insure the
victory for American forces. Bear Butte is where our young men and women go to fast, to learn and to test themselves for adulthood. Bear
where our holy men and women have gone to seek spiritual knowledge for as long as our tribal memories can see into the past.
Even today in this new millennium, Bear Butte continues to be central to the spiritual and ceremonial lives of over thirty
We ARE NOT trying to close or stop the Sturgis Bike Rally, or even interfere with all the various things that go on
there. We are asking that the Federal, State and Local governments enact and enforce a buffer zone around Bear Butte, to restrict
the sale of booze within the zone, make sure concerts and other extraneous noise, are kept away from the Mountain. To
us that seems very minimal and reasonable, but our words have fallen on deaf ears once again and the county and state are
allowing more and more destruction to happen--always closer to Bear Butte. It must be stopped.
It is now our hope that we can turn
to the customers of the bike rally, the bikers themselves, to ask that they help us in our efforts. We ask all bikers to help
us make attendees of the Sturgis Bike Rally, aware of our request and to help us encourage all the booze and concert
venues too close to Bear Butte, to close down and move away. We are asking that all bikers boycott the "Broken Spoke
Saloons" until they withdraw their bar away from Bear Butte!
We are asking that all "BIKERS FOR BEAR BUTTE" come together with
Indian people to help us enact a buffer zone around Bear Butte and to help us inform all your brother and sister Bikers of
pray there, we receive healing and learn our ancient ways of life there. We KNOW YOU respect Bear Butte and will stand by
our side, in this struggle! We ask our biker brothers and sisters to help us PROTECT our SACRED MOUNTAIN.
Indian people are becoming
desperate to preserve even small portions of our once peaceful and remote, sacred places across America.
For more information about our struggle,
please visit us at
http://bikersforbearbutte.blogspot.com or www.ProtectBearButte.com