The Run was
created to pay homage to those Northern Cheyenne ancestors that
broke out of Fort Robinson on January 9th, 1989. Most of them were
killed at this time, but a few survived and made it to their homeland,
the Powder River country in Montana, because of this sacrifice they
now have the Northern Cheyenne Reservation
The Run takes
a group of 90 Northern Cheyenne Youth from the reservation to Fort
Robinson Nebraska to run 400 miles back to their reservation. The
dates are January 4th through 9th. They run to commemorate their
ancestors, to learn of their history, and to learn what created
the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The journey takes five days.
The youth range in age from 7 to young adults. Many of the participants
are considered “at risk” youth and come from disadvantaged
and troubled homes.
This run teaches
many valuable lessons to the youth and to the adults. Through unity
and working together it teaches a sense of responsibility to ones
self as well as to the group and community. It teaches how to overcome
adversities and how to work through problems. The long hours of
running teaches the youth they need to uplift one another and encourage
one another to make it through. Running in the hard winter, through
the Sand-hills of Nebraska, the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota,
and the Plains and Mountains of Montana gives the youth a strong
connection to Mother Earth.
the sacrifice of their ancestors and experiencing it first hand
creates respect for their identity and appreciation for their homeland.
Many of the
lessons learned on this run instills in them pride, self esteem,
respect for ones self and community, these are lessons that they
can apply in their lives.
and organization of the Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run is
done on a grassroots and volunteer basis, and is coordinated by
Phillip Whiteman, Jr and Lynette M. Two Bulls from their home in
Lame Deer, Montana.
Bighorn Memorial Run
The run was
organized to bring the Cheyenne, Sioux and Arapaho together again
on Little Bighorn Day June 25th to remember and honor the participants
of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The run begins at daybreak
at the Medicine Deer Rocks, the sight where Sitting Bull held a
Sundance before the battle; they are blessed before they depart.
The run is approximately 45 miles to Crow Agency Montana and ends
at the Indian Memorial at the Battlefield. All ages and individuals
from all walks of life are welcome to run.