More than 100 Northern Cheyenne ran a 400-mile relay last week in subzero temperatures and blowing snow. They were commemorating an attempt their ancestors made in the winter of 1879 to escape from an Army outpost in Nebraska to their Montana homeland.
This year’s Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run began Jan. 9 in Crawford, Neb., and ended Sunday in Busby, where dozens of people greeted the returning runners with ululating and the sound of car horns.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be with these kids, they’re so strong,” said 67-year-old Marie Sanchez, who ran the relay with six of her grandchildren. “They might be a little rowdy at first but they settle down, they are respectful.” [Link]