APACHE FREEDOM RUN
Chiricahuas celebrating 100 years of freedom and unity with the Mescalero and Lipan
Of all the American Indian Nations who were defeated or surrendered to the United States government. The Chiricahua Apache were the last to surrender and so they were held captive the longest, for over 27 years in the harshest conditions. Out of the thousands of prisoners of war, only 250 survived the unimaginable ordeal when they were finally released on April of 1913.
The Centennial Apache Freedom Run marks 100 years of Freedom for the Chiricahua Apache People and commemorates the end of one of the darkest chapters in American History. The 501 mile journey by 183 Apache from Fort Still, to the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico home of todays Chiricahua Nation is being run in stages by Apache runners. Their story of survival and perseverance is honored and remembered through the first annual Apache Freedom Run.
Celebrations will be held at the Mescalero Reservation, in Mescalero New Mexico, on 5th & 6th of April 2013, including the final leg of the 501 mile rely run from Fort Still, Oklahoma to the Mescalero Apache Reservation NM.
The Apache Nation invites everyone and welcomes the people of the World to come join us for this momentous occasion, which includes a parade, the Apache Freedom Run's final legs, a re-enactment of the prisoners train arrival in Tularosa, New Mexico, the traditional "Apache War Dance" and the Dance of the Mountain Gods" Afternoon events will be scheduled for both days.
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