2013 RUNNING STRONG TOUR - SEPTEMBER 8-15, 2013
For one incredible week, join the Running Strong staff and volunteers as we visit the programs you read about in our newsletters and on our website.
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Explore a hidden America and immerse yourself in Lakota culture.
Don't just read about the need in Indian Country - witness 26 years of progress firsthand!
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Watch videos from previous tour participants:
Mark Justman, Mary Ellen Alt, Eva Collins, Betty Carpenter
SCENES FROM THE 2012 RESERVATION TOUR:
Enjoying a scenic view of the Badlands.
Dinosaur remains at the Journey Museum.
Stopping for a photo during our tour of the Journey Museum.
Winning the star quilt raffle on behalf of the whole group.
Getting ready for closing ceremony for the 23rd Annual Reservations Tour!
Visiting the Lakota Waldorf School garden.
Dancing at a community Loneman School's back-to-school wacipi (powwow).
Checking out the Rainbow Tree Garden.
Dave Lone Elk discusses food distribution operations.
Visiting our newest Homes of Honor recipient.
Arriving at the Fort Robinson Museum.
Here we are at Fort Robinson!
Paying our respects at Wounded Knee.
Touring one of our family gardens in the Wounded Knee district.
Touring the barracks at Fort Robinson
Inside the Fort Robinson barracks.
Visiting the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Tom Cook explains tractor operations at the Slim Buttes Agricultural Project.
Honoring long time friend and supporter Elton Hess.
Looking at the Crazy Horse Memorial in the distance.
Spotting petroglyphs at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Observing Mount Rushmore.
Heading down the walkway to Mount Rushmore.
Learning about Running Strong's backpack food program at Takini school.
Sharing a laugh with Billy Mills
Visiting with students at Takini School
A visit from our national spokesperson, Billy Mills.
Touring the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Cokata Wiconi Teen Center
Making dreamcatchers with Cheyenne River youth.
Julie Garreau of the Cheyenne River Youth Project speaks to the group before touring the 2.5 acre children's garden.
Despite the summer drought, the Cheyenne River Youth Project's children's garden flourishes.
A lovely meal at the Cheyenne River Youth Center.
The tour group gathers at Bear Butte as Tom Cook sings a morning song and song to the four directions.
On our way to Bear Butte!
The 23rd annual reservations tour kick-off orientation.
Running Strong's Executive Director, Lauren Haas Finkelstein, introducing Loretta Afraid of Bear and Beatrice Holy Dance Long Visitor to open…
SCENES FROM THE 2011 RESERVATION TOUR:
9/17 - Janet Spindler, Pam, Belinowitz, Megan Carter, Rita Jolly, Dave Lone Elk, Jeanne Bonin and Priscilla Margola at the Badlands.
9/17 - A beautiful view of the Badlands.
9/17 - Edith Essex, Maryellen Alt and Anita Webber at the Badlands.
9/17 - Steve Carden touring the Journey Museum.
9/17- Carol Breckenridge wins an amazing star quilt.
9/17 - The group celebrates tour participant Jeff Parker's birthday.
9/17 - There's lots of hugs as the group and Running Strong staff say goodbye.
9/16 - The Tour group checks out the Ft. Robinson Museum in Crawford, NE.
9/16 - The whole Tour group at Ft. Robinson!
9/16 - An amazing view at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, SD.
9/16 - Wild horses graze at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
9/16 - Betty and Dave Carpenter at the petroglyphs at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
9/16 - The Tour group checks out the petroglyphs.
9/16 - Mark Justman with Running Strong Field Coordinator, Tom Cook and Wild Horse Sanctuary guide, Monty.
9/16 - Dennis Limon shows the Tour Group the biodynamics processing for the garden at Running Strong's Slim Buttes Agriculture program.
9/16 - Bernard Red Cloud, Jr. and Jack Red Cloud show the group how to make quill bracelets at Slim Buttes.
9/16 - Joe American Horse addresses the Tour group at Slim Buttes.
9/16 - The Tour group enjoys a cookout at Slim Buttes complete with a campfire and smores!
9/16 - Joe American Horse smudges the group while an honoring song is sung for the group.
9/15 - Welcome to Pine Ridge!
9/15 - The group visits the Wounded Knee Memorial.
9/15 - The group checks out the newest Running Strong well site.
9/15 - Running Strong's newest program partner, Roots and Shoots, describes their garden program and provides a delicious lunch made with fresh vegetables from the garden.
9/15 - The new greenhouse at the Roots and Shoots program that Running Strong funded.
9/15 - Jeanne Bonin shops at the Roots and Shoots farmers market
6/15 - The tour groups passes a tipi while visiting a new community garden at the Lakota Waldorf School.
9/15 - Running Strong Field Coordinator, Dave Lone Elk, talks about the distribution program in Porcupine.
9/15 - Three time tour participant, Eva Collins, reads a thank you card from recipients of the distribution program.
Ken Lone Elk gives the group a special presentation on the Seven Lakota Values.
9/15 - The group gets a chance to shop for Running Strong souvenirs!
9/14 - A Buffalo grazing in the Black Hills.
9/14 - A Billy Mills display at the Crazy Horse Museum.
9/14 - Steve Lauri with Pat Mills' painting of Billy winning the gold medal.
9/14 - The group tours the Mammoth Site, an ongoing dig of approximately 60 mammoths, in Hot Springs.
9/14 - Janet Spindler and Pam Belinowitz hold up a mammoth bone!
9/14 - Priscilla Margola stands below a mammoth replica to show it's scale.
9/14 - Nancy Wachs checks out a textiles display at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, NE.
9/14 - A guide at the Museum of the Fur Trade shows Rita Jolly some history on star quilts.
9/14 - The group tours the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, NE.
9/14 - Running Strong Field Coordinator and Tour Guide, Tom Cook, explains the history of the Chadron Native American Center in Chadron, NE
9/14 - The tour group enjoys dinner at the Chadron Native American Center which included homemade frybread.
9/14 - A scenic view of the Black Hills
9/13 - Romey Garreau honors Elton Hess with a surprise gift of a star quilt.
9/13 - Beautiful prairie land on the drive from Eagle Butte, SD to the Takini School in Faith, SD
9/13 - Anita Webber is welcomed to the Takini School.
9/13 - Prinicpal of the Takini School speaks to the Tour group.
9/13 Clay Collins gets a big hug from a Takini School kindergarten student.
9/13 - The Tour group learns more about Running Strong's Backpack Food Program while 6th grade students fill the backpacks.
9/13 - More beautiful countryside on the drive from Faith to Sturgis.
9/13 - Marlin and Fran Brusberg enjoy Mt. Rushmore.
9/12 - Steve Carden and Marilyn Everett boarding the bus!
9/12 - The Tour group ready to head out to Bear Butte.
9/12 - Dorothy Creinin with sacred site Bear Butte in the background.
9/12 - The Tour group gathers in a circle for a song and prayer at Bear Butte.
9/12 - Running Strong Field Coordinator, Dave Lone Elk, sings and drums in the circle.
9/12 - Joyce Richardson with her new Cheyenne River Youth Project sweatshirt purchased at the project's gift shop.
9/12 - Cheyenne River Youth Project staff and volunteers serve up a delicious lunch prepared with vegetables harvested from the project's Winyan Toka Win garden.
9/12 - The Tour group checks out the Cheyenne River Youth Project Winyan Toka Win garden.
9/12 - Elton Hess talks with Tom Cook and Ken Lone Elk at the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
9/12 - Cheyenne River Youth Project Youth Programs Director, Megan Guliano, gives the group a Tour of the Billy Mills Youth Center (The Main).
9/12 - Tour participants view the History Wall – a timeline that spans 500 years – in the Cheyenne River Youth Project Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.
9/11 - David and Betty Carpenter arrive for the Tour orientation and to hear Billy Mills speak.
9/11 - New friends Jeff Parker and Fran Brusberg.
9/11 - Maryellen Alt wears her commemorative Tour tshirt.
9/11 - Misty Tyon and her son Delaney, a future olympic hopeful, share the inspiration they've received from Billy Mills.
9/11 - Steve Carden enjoys Billy Mills inspiring story.
9/11 - Billy Mills speaks to the Tour group.
9/11 - Sandi Scaffner with Billy Mills.
9/11 - Carol Breckenridge chats with Billy Mills.
9/11 - Everyone enjoys Billy's talk.