Friends, Relatives, Bison Advocates Gather for Walk of Prayer to Honor Lakota Woman
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2020
Mike Mease, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-646-0070
Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-646-0070
Gardiner, Montana: At 10:00 am, on Friday, February 14th, Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) will join with friends and family to honor our co-founder, Rosalie Little Thunder, Sicangu Lakota Oyate, who, in 1999, walked 500 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota, all the way to the Gardiner Basin in Montana. Rosalie’s walk was a form of prayer for the country's last wild buffalo who inhabit Yellowstone country, and a protest against their senseless slaughter by the state of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Rosalie passed away in 2014.
“This walk is our way of keeping Rosalie's memory alive and honoring all the incredible work she did for the buffalo and her people. This annual honor will make sure her legacy is never forgotten as she now leads us from above,” said Mike Mease BFC's co-founder.
Members of Rosalie's family and close friends will be joining us.
"As Rosalie walked with the buffalo in the past, so shall we into the future,” said Phil Little Thunder, a cousin of Rosalie’s who is attending the walk.
WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2020, 10am
WHERE: Meet at the Tom Miner Basin parking lot along US Hwy 89
WHAT: The prayer walk in honor of Rosalie Little Thunder will travel south along US Hwy 89, cross the Corwin Springs Bridge, continue down Old Yellowstone Trail, and end at Beattie Gulch at Yellowstone National Park's north boundary. A candlelight vigil will follow.
For more information visit www.BuffaloFieldCampaign.org or call 406-646-0070.
For more information about Rosalie Little Thunder, watch this video.
Based in West Yellowstone, Montana, Buffalo Field Campaign was co-founded by Rosalie Little Thunder and Mike Mease in 1997. BFC is the only group working every day in the field, the courts, and policy arena in defense of the last continuously wild, migratory buffalo, our National Mammal.