Sacred Run 2006 - Week 4 Reflections...
"This morning, rather than rest on a rest day, a number of us went for a morning run. Invigorating, lots of fun, great Spirit among us. Here's our after-the-run and before-breakfast photo, outside the Iowa Nation of Oklahoma Fire and Police Station. Front row: K.A., Joel, Les and Octavia. Back row: Mark, Marcus, Nuno, Joe, Dennis, Larry (BG), and Jim."
From the Newsletter:
The start of our third week of Sacred Run 2006 was both interesting and sobering as part of the group had the opportunity to stop at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, for a special pipe ceremony to remember and commemorate the many Navajo and Apache native people who suffered and died at this location. In 1862 the federal government decided to expel these tribes from their homelands with a forced relocation. Col. Christopher “Kit” Carson led a military campaign that first attacked the Mescalero Apaches in southern New Mexico, forced about 450 people to surrender and then marched them to the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation.
HWEELDI: “the place of suffering Carson then led the Army into Navajoland and attacked relentlessly: destroying homes, burning crops, and killing livestock. Thousands of men, women and children were starved into submission and forced to march to the Bosque Redondo during the winter of 1863-64, a distance of over 450 miles. As many as 3,000 Navajos, perhaps one-fifth of the population, died during the “Long Walk” period. Their name for the place is hweeldi, which translates roughly as “the place of suffering.”
We all felt a certain sadness and heaviness during our visit at the Fort Sumner State Monument. But, perhaps more significantly, we were also reminded of the importance for all people to honor and recognize the sacredness of Mother Earth and everyone who lives here. "