On the evening of October 5th Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Staff, TDN citizens and Chairwoman, Denise Richards-Padgette welcomed the Pacific Northwest Spirit Runners as they arrived from their recent stretch from Cow Creek territory (Roseburg, Oregon area). The Spirit Runners began running on September 1st at the U.S. Canada border in Washington and concluded October 8 (Indigenous Peoples Day) on Alcatraz Island to coincide with the Annual Sunrise Ceremony. When they arrived they still had a few weeks left and about 330 miles left to run.
They arrived with the purpose to reunite Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, Restore collaborative working relationships of ALL indigenous Nations of the Pacific Northwest & resolve the issues and concerns that have long plagued Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West.
On Saturday morning tribal citizens and staff greeted runners with a breakfast and began a walk around the reservation to the mouth of the Smith River. Blessings and prayers sent the runners off as they began their next stretch from Smith River to Klamath, California. A few runners joined in with the Spirit Runners to Klamath including Ridge McLennan who represented the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Shu’ shaa nin-la to everyone who came out to welcome the runners and send their prayers. They all made it to Alcatraz for the sunrise ceremony.