CROW DOG’S PARADISE – Six young men ran a seventy mile spiritual relay to carry the prayers of all Indigenous people who stand against the building of the massive Keystone XL pipeline.
The group of runners included Karver Gregg, Chad Blood, Morgun Freio, Jeremy Ashike, Terrell Iron Shell and Eli Horinek. They were escorted by two vehicles along the route. One young man immediately entered the Sundance circle as a dancer after running all night.
The runners began their run at Oyate Wahacanka Woecun, which is the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Spiritual Camp near Ideal Community, at approximately 1am on Thursday, July 31. Each young man committed to run approximately 12 miles in the spiritual relay. The last two miles of the relay were completed as a group walk. The six young men walked into the Sundance grounds at approximately 10am to bring the prayers of many who are concerned about the effects of the pipeline on the land and water to the Sundance Tree at Crow Dog’s Paradise.
In April, President Obama postponed any decision regarding the approval of a Presidential Permit sought by TransCanada to allow their pipeline to cross the US/Canadian border. The delay gave grass roots activists more time to organize against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe established the Oyate Wahacanka Woecun on March 29 near the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The spiritual camp has been visited by many people who support the resistance against the building of more tar sands pipelines.