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MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTPAGE8SPRINGSUMMER2014HEALINGCIRCLERUNElevenyearsafterthe1990AnishinaabeSolidarityRelaythe2001HealingCircleRunonceagainfollowedthepathsandpurposesofthe89and90relaysunitingthetribesandseekinghealing.ThenGLIFWCExecutiveAdministratorJimSchlenderwasadrivingforcebehindtheHealingCircleRun.TherunevolvedinpartasaresponsetotherunnerspipegiventoGLIFWCaftertheWaabanongRunbyTobasonakwutKinewelderandspiritualleaderfromOjibwaysofOnigamingOntarioCanada.BothJimandNeilfeltaresponsibilitytowardsthepipeandhelpingitfulfillitspurposes.AsveteransofpreviousrunstheywereawaretherunsofferedpowerfulexperiencesbutultimatelytheideaoftheHealingCircleRunemergedwhentheydecidedtojoinaCanadianRunentitledtheHealingJourneywithwhichthe2001HealingCircleRunconnectedinCanada.IthinkJimrealizedthepoweroftherunwhatithaddoneforpeopleandcommunities.HefeltithadtocontinuethathealinghadtocontinuegiiweMartinexplains.Therunimpactslivesinawayweneverforgetshesays.Thereisnotayearthatsomeoneslifeisnotchanged.Peoplewithproblemscomeevenpeoplewhoaresickanddyingandwanttocometogripswithdeath.Everystepisaprayer.Wecarrythoseprayersthroughtheday.Ifyoumadealistofhealingsitwouldbeaverylonglist.Ihopeitcontinuesforever.Itisthatstrongthatpowerful.Jimrecognizedthatstrengthandhealinghadtocontinue.SeveralsacreditemstraveledwiththerunincludingthefourSpiritSticksrepresentingtheFourDirectionsthatwerecarriedontheMikwendaagooziwagRuntherunnerspipeandthepipecarriedbyJim.ThefirstHealingCircleRunbeganattheSt.CroixreservationclosetothedevastationofarecenttornadothatsweptthroughSirenWisconsinanappropriatebeginningforajourneyfocusedonhealing.TheSt.CroixTribewasveryinvolvedinhelpingtheirSirenneighborsprovidingmealsandassistingwithrescueandclean-upSchlenderstatedatthetime.Itwasatimeandaplacewherehealingwasactivelytakingplacewithinthecommunities.DuringtheinitialceremonyontheshoresofBigSandLakeBennyRogersaSt.Croixelderofferedtheopeningprayer.WhenitwashisturntospeakKmiecikrelatedateachingabouthealingthatheheardduringthe1990BigfootRideSiTankaWokiksuyeinSouthDakota.TheridewasamemorialrecallingthetragiceventsatWoundedKnee100yearsearlierwhenBlackElksaidtheHoopoftheNationhadbeenbroken.Weweretoldonemorningbeforestartingoutthatdaysjourneythatforhealingtooccurithadtostartwiththeindividual.Oncehealedthatpersoncouldhelphealhisherfamilyandextendedfamily.Onceafamilywashealedthenitcouldhelphealacommunity.AhealedcommunitycouldhelphealthenationKmiecikrelated.Asthiswasbeingsaidaneagleperchedinanearbytreeflewupandoutoverthelake.OnthefirstmorningofthejourneyJune2lthecoreteamgiiweMartinLacVieuxDesertNeilKmiecikStand-ingRockLakotaandJimSchlenderLacCourteOreillesfacedthefirstlegfromSt.CroixtoLacCourteOreilleswithonlythreepeoplethemselves.TheyweredelightedwhenBennyofferedtowalkthefirsttwomiles.Latertwounexpectedwalkersalsojoinedtohelpcoverabout45milestoLacCourteOreilles.ThatdayNeilandgiiwewererelay-ingeveryothermile.Itwashot.NeilwasrunningthroughStoneLakelookingaheadforhisvanwhichindicatedtheendofhisone-mileleg.Hebegantothinkthismilewasbeingstretchedbecausethevannevercameintosight.Hewentaroundacoupleofturnsbutstillnovan.ThenJimdrovepasthimtolethimknowthatgiiwehadstoppedtogoshoppingShehadlocatedaparticulartreasureSnick-erdoodlecoffeeandleftNeiltofendforhimself.HeendedthatextremelylongmileunderasultryJunesunbysmilingandstatingsimplyHealingishardIndividualsorevengroupsofyoungpeoplefromdifferentreservationsarrivedtohelpcoverthemiles.Alltold72peopleandthreehorseshelpedcover350milesintheWisconsinsegmentofthefirstHealingCircleRunthatendedatRedCliffthatyear.Whiletheprotestshadquietedmanyofthehealingprayerscarriedthroughoutthe2001HealingJourneyaddressedsimilarissuesracismtheneedforunifiedandhealthycommunitiesconcernforMotherEarthandtheneedforpersonalhealing.OnJune27theWisconsinrunnerswalkerstookonanextrastintjoiningwithNelsonJohnsonoriginallyfromAlkoliLakeEsketemcFirstNationBritishColumbiaandMarilynNelsonRoseauxRiverOntariooftheCanadianHealingJourneywhichtraversed1600milesfromAlkoliLaketotheUSCanadianborderinMinnesota.TogethertheCanadianandU.S.participantscoveredthe100milestotheRedLakereservationarrivingonJune28.TheHealingCircleRunsgraduallybecameaGLIFWCinstitutionwithrunsheldeachsummersince2001organizedthroughtheeffortsofNeilKmiecikandJimSchlender.AndtheRuncontinuedtogrow.FromaculturalspiritualstandpointtheHealingCircleRuninfusesourculturalwaysintotherunwalkbyusingasemaathroughthedurationusingthepipesanddrumsbysingingsongstogetherduringceremoniesthattakeplaceeverydaybeforeandaftereachlegofthejourney.PeopleareabletowitnessthepowerofthesesaysJasonSchlenderaparticipantinthe1990RelayandmanyHealingHealingCircleRunrevisitssolidarityrelayspathSt.CroixelderBenRogersassistedgiiweMartinandNeilKmiecikduringtheinitialceremonystartingthe2001HealingCircleRunatBigSandLake.HorsesandridersTyraEricksonSueLemlerandStevieLindenbergescortedrunnersintotheRedCliffreservationin2001.FranVanZileSokaoganMoleLakecarriedtheeaglestaffadistancein2007.AandegSchlendergotanearlystartintherunningtradition.