|Sand Creek, 'Wiping the Tears'|
The Longest Walk Northern Route held memorials and prayers at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre over the weekend to remember the Cheyenne and Arapahoe children, women and men murdered here by the Colorado Militia. Descendants prayed during the night and Long Walkers joined them for prayers on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Marty Chase Alone, Oglala representative of the Red Cloud people and Big Road Band, led ceremonies at Sand Creek to "release the spirits and wipe the tears." Chase Alone's relatives were descendants of White Antelope and Yellow Wolf, massacred at Sand Creek.
During presentations to the Longest Walk Northern Route, Chase Alone also presented the Longest Walk with a staff representing Native American prisoners to carry to Washington in the struggle to ensure ceremonial rights for inmates.
The weekend began with a grand reunion on Friday night in Eads, Colorado, when Paul Owns the Sabre was reunited with his mother, Thelma Franks, after 27 years. The Lee Plenty Wolf Drum Group from Denver sang an honor song and birthday song, for all the birthdays they had missed.
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