By Alden Miller
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will
once again host a portion of the Cheyenne Spiritual Healing Run/Walk. This
year’s event, the eleventh annual Run, will begin at the Sand Creek Massacre
site between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.
Runners will gather at the historic site for a ceremony
and traditional blessing; then depart for Eads by mid-morning. Upon their
arrival at the Eads High School, runners, their families, supporters, and
the public will gather for a community dinner.
Later in the day, the run will leave Eads and head
northwest towards Limon, and will conclude in Denver on Saturday, November
Participants for this year’s run are expected from the
reservation communities of Busby, Birney, and Ashland, Montana, and tribal
communities in Oklahoma. LeForce “Lee” Lone Bear, a fourth-generation
descendant of Chief White Antelope, as well as other ceremonial leaders will
be on hand to conduct the run.
The annual Spiritual Healing Run is a unique
combination of tribal lore, education, and spiritual meaning intended to
commemorate the enduring legacy of Sand Creek. Native American Indian youth,
elders, and the community have helped make the healing run an annual
tradition of cooperation and caring.