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PAGE9MAZINAIGANSUPPLEMENTSPRINGSUMMER2014CircleRuns.Theyreinforceasenseofcommunitywherevertheystopre-establishconnectionswitheldersandfriendssometimescreatingnewfriendships.2003sawover100participantsofallagesjoiningtheRunincludingtheMilwaukeeWalkersandNativeStylesRunnersfromsoutheastWisconsin.Somejoinedforadayortwobutninemenandwomenspentthefullweekontheroadseveralwhowereveteransofthe1989and1990runincludingNeilandGaryKmiecikKemoErnieSt.GermainegiiweMartinandLarryNesperPishko.Anewdestinationaddedinthe03runbroughtrunnerstoWisconsinPointasandyarmoflandjuttingintoGichigamijusteastofSuperiorthesiteofanhistoricOjibwevillagesiteandburialgroundswhereancestorsofFondduLacpeopleareinterred.Around180oftheoriginalburialswereremovedfromWisconsinPointin1918andputintoamassgraveinSuperiorafterarailroadcompanytookpos-sessionoftheland.Onthefinallegofthe03runrunnersrevisitedaformersignificantdestina-tiontheAin-Dah-IngRehabilitationCenteraNativeAmericantreatmentcenter.Duringthe1990AnishinaabeSolidarityRelayrunnersreceivedthreeeaglefeathersfromAin-dah-ingCounselorHaroldFroggforthestafftheycarried.Thefeathersrepresentedwisdomcourageandserenity.Thirteenyearslaterrunnerscarryingthesamestaffreceivedthefourthandfinalfeatherthisoneembodyingstrength.ItwasnicetomakethatconnectionagainsaidKemo.DuringthecourseoftheRunspiritualleadersfromlocalcommunitiesprovidedthoughtsandguidanceatopeningandclosingpipeceremonies.AmongthemwereEugeneBegayLCOLouisTaylorandBenRogersSt.CroixRobGoslinRedCliffDanielBigGeorgeNorthwestBayCanadaandLeonValliereLacduFlambeau.The2004and2005HealingCircleRunscontinuedtoattractpeoplethroughouttheregionmanyjoiningforadayortwotohelpcoverthemiles.In2005themorningceremoniesatRedCliffwelcomedwhatwastobean-otherinaseriesofsultrydays.ButthemorningairwasstillsomewhatcoolandrefreshingasasmallgroupgatheredbyRedCliffsBuffaloArtCenteroverlookingacalmandsparklingLakeSuperior.TherunnerswereheadedtowardFondduLacsBlackBearHotelandCasinosouthofCloquetMinnesotathatday.ThreepipeswerelitthatmorningarunnerspipecarriedbyNeilKmiecikapipecarriedbyJimSchlenderandawomanspipecarriedbyAgnesFlemingLacCourteOreillestribalmemberandcorewalker.AsSchlenderstatedalltheprayersfromthecirclewentuptotheCreatorwiththesmokeofthepipes.SueNicholsBadRivertribalmemberandThreeFiresMidespokewordsandofferedasongonbehalfofnibiwater.AseveryonelookedoutattheexpanseofLakeSuperiortheywereremindedoftheimportanceofcleanpurewatertooursurvivalandtothesurvivalofallonEarth.Sueremindedparticipantsthatwhilewomenespeciallyspeakforthewatertheneedisthereforallofustocareforthewater.Waterwaspassedtoallparticipantsaspartoftheceremony.RunnersandwalkerswereledoutoftheRedCliffreservationthatyearbyGrandmaGennyGenivieveGoslinthen85yearsoldandaregularparticipantintheHealingCircleRunasitpassesthroughRedCliffeachyear.Therewasanoticeablevoidasthe2006HealingCircleRunpreparedfortheannualjourney.OneoftheRunsfoundersJamesSchlenderhadunexpectedlypassed.ItwashisandNeilscommitmentthatultimatelyturnedtheRunintoanannualGLIWFCevent.FacingtheRunwithouthisfriendwasdifficultforKmiecikbuthewentforwardwiththeRunafterreceivingcommitmentsfromJimsfamilytostrengthenthecoreteamallfiveofwhomparticipated.ItwasnoeasycommitmentforJimswifeAgnesFlemingLacCourteOreilleswhostruggledwithmisgivingsaboutthe2006runthinkingitwouldbebettertoavoidthepainbystirringmemoriesofpastrunswithJim.Iwasunsure.IknewitwouldbepainfulsherelatedbutshesoonreceivedareprimandsheissurecamefromJimremindingherthattherunwasnotnecessarilyaboutpersonalhealingbutaboutcommunityhealingandunityevenuniversalhealing.TherunwasneverreallyaboutusbutforAnishinaabepeopleandsharingthebenefitsofprayerandunityamongallpeopleshesaid..Itsaboutthepowerofcollectiveprayers.2006sawthecirclewidenedinauniqueway.NativeinmatesfromafederalcorrectionalinstitutioninNewJerseyjoinedtheRuninspiritonthefirstandlastdayswithacommitmenttoruntwelvemilesintheprisonscompoundonbothofthosedays.In2007and2008theHealingCircleRuncontinuedtoconnecttheeightreservationsenjoyingthewelcomeandhospitalityofthecommunitiesastheyarrivedanddepartedontheirjourney.TheceremonieswhichincludedcommunitymembersalongwiththerunnerswalkershadbecomeassignificanttomanyastheRunitself.AsGLIFWCstudentinternSamMadayreportedin2008therunnerswerefueledbyprayerandhadtheirheartsandmindsfocusedonthosewhoneededhealing.HewroteEachmorningstartedat800amwithaceremonyandprayer.Theuniquefragranceofburningsagefilledtheceremonialcircleandwaftedthroughtheairbeyond.Eachmemberofthecirclewascarefullysmudgedwiththesmokeproducedbytheembersoftheburningsageaprocesswhichcleansesandclarifiestheheartandmind.Everyonewasgivenapinchofasemaatobaccotopraywith.Latertheasemaawasgatheredintoabowlwhichwasthenusedtofuelthepipe.Thepipecarrierspassedaroundthepipeforanyonetoprayandsmoke.Eachparticipantalsoreceivednibiwaterservedfromcooperbowls.Theimportanceofwaterwasacknowledgedasanelementneededforalllife.Itises-sentialthatitisacknowledgedintheceremonyandthattherelationshipbetweenthewaterandtherunnersisalsorecognizedandrespected.Thebitofwaterthateveryonetookanddrankhelpedthemthroughouttheday.Alsopassedaroundwereodeiminanstrawberriesimportantbecausetheyaretheheartberry.Offeredtobreakthefastinthemorningthestrawberrysymbol-izestheheartincolorandinshape.Fortherunnersandwalkerstheysymbolizedtheveinsandpumpingofbloodthroughthebodyaswell.HEALINGCIRCLERUNIn2005thelateJimSchlenderSr.thenGLIFWCexecutiveadministratorspeakswhileholdingMitiginaabeastaffgiventoGLIFWCbythelateNiigaaniigabowEugeneBegayandusedasatalkingstick.JimswifeAgnesFlemingstandstotheside.AveteranofmanyrunsthatcametotheRedCliffreservationGenivieveGoslinknownasGrandmaGennywasaregularparticipantintheHCRandparticipatedinthe2005talkingcircle.