FORT ROBINSON

OUTBREAK SPIRITUAL RUN

HISTORY

Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run

“Today they run not from bullets and gunfire, today they run for their future,

for the future generations that are yet to come”

The Annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual 400 mile Run is held on January 8-14th, every year, and for the last 25 years. The runners commemorate and replicate the Northern Cheyenne breakout of Fort Robinson, on the actual date and time: January 9th, (1879). 10:30 at night. From the humble beginning of 14 runners; to now 80-100 youth completing the journey from Nebraska to Montana in subzero temperatures. The run originally began as a tribute to the Northern Cheyenne ancestors; now, it has become a forum for healing and wellness; youth leadership and empowerment; cultural & language preservation; environmental justice; and creating social change in our communities.

 

The youth gain a strong connection to the sacrifice of their ancestors. The run instills in them a sense of pride, greater self-esteem, a deeper respect for their identity, sincere appreciation and connection to their homeland, and to value life

THIS YEAR'S RUN

25th Annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run

Our Run is Our Prayer for the People for Healing and Wellness

This January marks the 25th anniversary of our Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run. From January 9th-14th, Northern Cheyenne youth will make the subzero journey from Nebraska to Montana, commemorating our Ancestors’ breakout of Fort Robinson on January 9th, 1879, retracing the steps and completing the journey home that our Ancestors could not. In their 400 mile journey, our youth run so that our People may live. Our run is our prayer for the People.

 

With the Pandemic, our Youth are struggling. They need purpose and connection. Our Fort Robinson Run run gives them responsibility and creates hope for the future.  The Run itself is being planned and adjusted to incorporate the highest standards of COVID-19 safety, knowing deeply what is at stake.  Through adaptation, innovation, and collective effort, essential resilience flourishes and Our Way of Life strengthens for the next generation.     

 

Our people are no stranger to disease. From smallpox, cholera, and starvation to the COVID-19 pandemic that confronts us today, we have been through this before. From the attempted destruction of our food systems, spirituality, and our People, our deep connection to our Way of Life allows us to remain resilient and strong. 

 

Please consider supporting Northern Cheyenne resilience as our youth reconnect to their sacred role and responsibility of prayer for our People, running for our Ancestors, our Elders, and our next generation Northern Cheyenne People.

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JANUARY 8-14, 2021

Reclaiming - Language, Land, Culture, Identity

Running 400 miles Fort Robinson NE to Northern Cheyenne Homelands MT

JANUARY 8th

TRAVEL DAY

TO FORT ROBINSON

JANUARY 9th

DAY OF EDUCATION

JANUARY 10th 

Running from Fort Robinson

Crawford NE to Hot Springs SD

JANUARY 11th 

RUN THROUGH

THE SACRED BLACK HILLS

JANUARY 12th 

RUN FROM DEADWOOD

TO MONTANA LINE

JANUARY 13th 

RUN FROM HAMMOND MT

TO ASHLAND MT. 

JANUARY 14th 

RUN FROM ASHLAND MT

TO BUSBY MT, FINAL DAY

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Help these Northern Cheyenne youth complete their journey home.

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VIDEO:  FORT ROBINSON RUN

Help us continue to help these youth to complete the journey

their ancestors could not, their journey home.

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