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MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTPAGE4SPRINGSUMMER201490SOLIDARITYRELAYThe1990SolidarityRelayWiththesuccessofthefirstSolidarityRelayanotherwasplannedfor1990onlythistimetheroutewouldextendtoincludetheKeweenawBayIndianCom-munitynearBaragaMichiganandwasentitledtheSecondAnnualAnishinaabeSpiritualRelay.TherelayunitingeightOjibwereservationstookofffollowingceremoniesatLacduFlambeausBearRiverPow-wowgrounds.Manyofthecorerunnerswhohadbeendeeplytouchedin1989returnedforthesecondyear.Coveringaround600milesthecoreteamrunnersranandsometimesskatedwithapurposetoforgesolidaritybetweentribesandtoseekspiritualhealingintheaftermathofthe1990springspearfishingseasonyetanotherseasonfilledwithhostilityandprotest.TheaddedleguptoKeweenawBaytooksomeeffort.AftercampingthenightonthefloorofoneofKeweenawBaysfacilitiestherunnersfacedalongtrektotheRedCliffreservation.Thatyearwewerealldoingmanymiles.Idontknowhowwediditgiiwerecalls.Herlogshows15and16milesperdayonseveralentries.ThejourneytoRedCliffwashotbutrunnersgotrelieffromBadRiver.AtBirchHillontheBadRiverreservationtheteamwasmetwithaDrumandSt.GermainerecallsBadRiveryouthtakingthebatonandrunningforthem.Thecommunityalsogreetedthemwithfooddrinkandsongsonthelawnofthecom-munitycenterinOdanah.DowntheroadRedCliffsMarvinDefoewasinAshlandwithabusfullofRedCliffyouth.Thekidssprintedquarter-milestretchessotherelaymovedquickly.ItwasthefinallapbetweenBayfieldandtheRedCliffreservationthataneaglefeatherwaslostthewhiteeaglefeatherfromRedCliffseeKemosstorybelow.Intheyearsbetween1991and2001theSolidarityRelaytookdifferentformsanddifferentroutes.OneyearanorganizedrelayrantheentirecircumferenceoftheLacduFlambeaureservation.Severalrunswithdifferentpurposesalsotookplaceincludingthe1998WaabanongRunfromLacduFlambeautotheSupremeCourtbuildinginWash-ingtonDCinsupportoftheMilleLacscaseandtheMikwendaagooziwagRunin2000commemoratingtheSandyLakeTragedyandhonoringthoseancestorswhoperishedasaresult.Butitwasntuntil2001thatrunnersreturnedtotheoriginalpathofthe1989-90SolidarityRelays.TheStoryoftheWhiteEagleFeatherRelatedbyGaryKemoKmiecikDuringthe1990RelayonastretchfromBayfieldtoRedCliffthestaffwascarriedbytribalyouthdoingmilesprintsintothereservation.OnthatlegthewhiteeaglefeatherfromRedCliffwaslost.Severaloftherunnerswentbackflashlightsinhandsearchingforthedroppedfeatherinthedarkbutitcouldnotbefound.IwascrushedrelatesKemo.Asavetlosingafeatherislikeleavingbehindafellowveteran.Itnaggedathimandmadeitdifficulttoreallyfocusonotherevents.WhentherelayarrivedatLaCourteOreillesLCOKemofoundEddieBentonGrandChiefoftheThreeFiresMideandgavehimasemaatobaccosayinghedidntknowwhattodoaboutthefeather.Itfeltlikewehaddonesomethingwronghesays.EddiethoughtaboutitandfoundKemoearlythenextmorning.Eddiehadgonedowntothelakeveryearlywhenthefogdriftedoverthewatertoputdownasemaaandhesawthewhitefeatherouttheredancinginthefog.HetoldKemohecouldnowresteasy.ThewhitefeatherisintheSpiritWorldwithallthosevetswhowerelostandnevercamehomeandnevergotaneaglefeather.TheyhaveaneaglefeathernowEddietoldhim.Eddiealsotoldhimtosharethestoryofthewhiteeaglefeatherovertheloudspeakeratthepow-wow.MeanwhileDianeBearinRedCliffhadbeenlisteningtopow-wowmusicandtrimmingabirchbasketwitharimofsweetgrassshefoundonthereserva-tionwhensheheardKemorelatethestoryofthefeatherontheradio.Latershebroughtthebasketdowntothepow-wowgroundsandsoughtoutKemo.TheytookashortwalkandtalkedaboutherlatehusbandAllenBearwhowasalsoafriendofKemos.SheandAllenhadbeenaveryclosefriendtoamanwhodiedduringtheVietnamwarwhenhishelicopterwasshotdown.Henevercamehome.ThenightbeforeDianehadadreamandshesawthatfriendintheairdancingandholdingupawhiteeaglefeatherShehandedthebaskettoKemowholaterduringthe2013HealingCirclerunmetAllenBearssonalsonamedAllenBearandpassedonthebaskettohim.EddietoldKemothatthestoryaboutthewhiteeaglefeathermustberepeated.NowKemodancesfortheveteranswhohavepassed.Hehasbeengiveneaglefeathersfromandinmemoryofsomewhohavewalkedonwhichhealsocarriesonhisstaff.KemosstaffThestaffkeptbyKemowascarvedbythelateNickHockingsofLacduFlambeau.KemohadaskedNicktohelphimcarveastaffhoweveronedayhewassurprisedwhenhemetupwithNickandNickhandedhimabeautifullycarvedandcompletedstaff.Kemotiesallthefeathersthatareplacedonthestaffwhichcar-riesthefourfeathersfromAinDahIngTreatmentCenterandthosefordifferentveterans.ThenaleCelebratingthecompletionofthe89SolidarityRelayatLacCourteOreillesareEvaConnorsSt.CroixandgiiweMartinLacVieuxDesert.ComingintoLCOsHonortheEarthPow-Wowtheteamnearedthejourneysend.Allwererecognizedandwelcomedastheyarrived.