Indigenous Runners Relay Message of Protecting the Waters From Alaska to Guatemala
San Manuel Indian Nation –The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted a leg of the Peace and Dignity Journeys 2012 intertribal run that joins the American continent in a prayer for peace for all peoples, dignity for the Native Nations and awareness of water and indigenous water rights.
San Manuel leadership greeted and led 20 runners onto the San Manuel Indian Reservation at dusk on the evening August 28, welcoming them to spend the night and share in cultural observances tied to the land and water. The San Manuel Indian Reservation, located along the steep foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, presented the runners with a physical challenge as they completed their run for the day.
The group is running to raise awareness about water and indigenous water rights including diminishing access to good sources among tribes in Central and South America. The run is held every four years and began in 1992, to bring awareness to the indigenous history of the American Continent as a counterpoint to the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ landing. Runners begin on opposite ends of the continents (Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) and run for six months through hundreds of Indigenous communities. The run is broken up into legs with runners relaying prayer staffs among groups of runners with select runners continuing on to Guatemala.
Upon leaving San Manuel runners continued on to Sherman Indian High School in Riverside before embarking for Soboba, Cahuilla and the Quechan Indian Nations. Additional information and routes can be found on: HYPERLINK "https://pmail.sanmanuel.com/PoliteMail/default.aspx?page=JJNh_cbpT0Wxng7GYF92YA&ref_id=UA5rIfqTcEuAHEO3XebnUQ" \t "_blank" www.peaceanddignitysocal.net
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