"Hokahey" is a man's exclamation in Sioux, similar to the American expressions "Let's do it!" or "Let's roll!"
The reason people think it means "it's a good day to die" is that the Lakota Sioux leader Crazy Horse famously exhorted his troops "Hoka hey, today is a good day to die!" Which meant something like "Let's go men, today is a good day to die!"
"Hoka hey" was the battle cry of the Teton Lakota (Western Sioux) translating loosely to "hurry hurry". It is likely that Crazy Horse would have shouted this in battle, but it was not his personal cry, as another definition has hinted at.
One would yell "Hoka hey" when charging at an enemy.
the Indians' meaning of the word was either todays the day to celebrate or todays the day for war the white men turned it into to day is the day to die which is incorrect just wanted to make that straight
just before a sports game someone may say hoka-hey to get pumped