SACRED SITES RUN 2006
|03-19-06||Sun||Pinson TN||Sunrise Ceremony|
|03-20-06||Mon||Pinson TN||51 miles to Biggersville MS|
|03-21-06||Tue||Biggersville MS||60 miles to Troy MS|
|03-22-06||Wed||Troy MS||45 miles to Mathiston MS|
|03-23-06||Thr||Mathiston MS||58 miles to Philadelphia MS|
|03-24-06||Fri||Philadelphia MS||to Preston MS
21 miles to Nanih Waiya Park MS
|03-25-06||Sat||Nanih Waiya Park MS|
|03-26-06||Sun||Nanih Waiya Park MS|
|03-27-06||Mon||Preston MS||52 miles to Mount Hebron AL|
|03-28-06||Tue||Mt. Hebron AL||55 miles to Moundville AL|
|03-29-06||Wed||Moundville AL||49 miles to Centreville AL|
|03-30-06||Thr||Centreville AL||55 miles to Prattville AL|
|03-31-06||Fri||Prattville AL||17 miles to Wetumka AL|
|04-01-06||Sat||Wetumka AL||19 miles to Montgomery AL|
|04-03-06||Mon||Montgomery AL||41 miles to Tuskegee AL|
|04-04-06||Tue||Tuskegee AL||43 miles to Columbus GA|
|04-05-06||Wed||Columbus GA||50 miles to Butler GA|
|04-06-06||Thr||Butler GA||52 miles to Macon GA|
|04-08-06||Sat||Macon GA||53 miles to Griffin GA|
|04-09-06||Sun||Griffin GA||74 miles to Dallas GA|
|04-10-06||Mon||Dallas GA||50 miles to Calhoun GA|
|04-11-06||Tue||Calhoun GA||52 miles to Chattanooga TN|
|04-12-06||Wed||Chattanooga TN||47 miles to Benton TN|
|04-16-06||Sun||Benton TN||58 miles to Maryville TN|
|04-17-06||Mon||Maryville TN||53 miles to Rockwood TN|
|04-18-06||Tue||Rockwood TN||45 miles to Sparta TN|
|04-19-06||Wed||Sparta TN||58 miles to Lebanon TN|
|04-20-06||Thr||Lebanon TN||31 miles to Nashville TN|
|04-22-06||Sat||Nashville TN||23 miles to Ashland City TN|
|04-23-06||Sun||Ashland City TN|
|04-24-06||Mon||Ashland City TN||60 miles to Hopkinsville KY|
|04-26-06||Wed||Hopkinsville KY||58 miles to Marion KY|
|04-27-06||Thr||Marion KY||Mantle Rock Native Education Center|
|05-02-06||Tue||Marion KY||44 miles to Paducah KY|
|05-04-06||Thr||Paducah KY||36 miles to Cairo IL|
|05-06-06||Sat||Cairo IL||53 miles to Carbondale IL|
|05-08-06||Mon||Carbondale IL||47 miles to Ellis Grove IL|
|05-09-06||Tue||Ellis Grove IL||48 miles to Collinsville IL|
|Collinsville IL||From Cahokia Mounds to Dixon Mounds
the runners will travel to other areas
to help other groups:
Collinsville IL 50 miles to Rosedale IL
Rosedale IL 57 miles to Oxville IL
Oxville IL 34 miles to Browning IL
Browning IL 26 miles to Havana IL
Havana IL 45 miles to Peoria IL
Peoria IL 54 miles to Princeton IL
Princeton IL 33 miles to Dixon IL
Dixon IL 27 miles to Byron IL
|Beloit WI||37 miles to Whitewater WI|
|Lima Center WI||37 miles to Whitewater WI|
|Whitewater WI||32 miles to Waukesha WI|
|09-01-06||Fri||Byron IL||32 miles to Beloit WI|
|09-02-06||Sat||Beloit WI||37 miles to Whitewater WI|
|09-03-06||Sun||Whitewater WI||32 miles to Waukesha WI|
|09-04-06||Mon||Waukesha WI||10 miles to State Fair Park, West Allis WI|
|09-05-06||Tue||West Allis WI|
|09-06-06||Wed||SFP, West Allis WI||10 miles to Lake Park, Milwaukee|
|09-08-06||Fri||Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee|
|09-09-06||Sat||Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee|
|09-10-06||Sun||Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee|
| The final day is being put together by the Milwaukee events co-coordinators
with Indian Summer Inc. The dates may change to reflect the actual date
of the festival.
|03-16-06||Thr||Miami FL||to Pompano Beach - 35 miles|
|03-17-06||Fri||Pompano Beach FL||to West Palm Beach - 40 miles|
|03-20-06||Mon||West Palm Beach FL||to Fort Pierce - 60 miles|
|03-21-06||Tue||Fort Pierce FL||to Cape Canaveral - 77 miles|
|03-22-06||Wed||Cape Canaveral FL||to Titusville - 36 miles|
|03-23-06||Thr||Titusville FL||to DeLeon Springs - 64 miles|
|03-24-06||Fri||Deleon Springs FL||to Silver Springs - 47 miles|
|03-25-06||Sat||Rest, Education & Catch-up day|
|03-26-06||Sun||Rest, Education & Catch-up day|
|03-27-06||Mon||Rest, Education & Catch-up day|
|03-28-06||Tue||Rest, Education & Catch-up day|
|03-29-06||Wed||Silver Springs FL||to Gainesville - 43 miles|
|03-30-06||Thu||Gainnesville FL||to Tenniville - 48 miles|
|03-31-06||Fri||Rest and Education|
|04-01-06||Sat||Rest and Education|
|04-02-06||Sun||Tennille FL||to Tallahassee FL - 19 miles|
|04-03-06||Mon||Tallahassee FL||to Ochlocknee GA - 45 miles|
|04-04-06||Tue||Ochlocknee GA||to Albany GA - 50 miles|
|04-05-06||Wed||Albany GA||to Montezuma GA - 60 miles|
|04-06-06||Thu||Montezuma GA||to Macon GA - 49 miles|
By Clay Carey
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Ben Yahola has watched developers and vandals wreck almost all of the sacred burial grounds of the Native American tribes around his Milwaukee, Wis., home. Yahola had a feeling of responsibility to his Muscogee ancestors, a desire to preserve Native American burial sites and explain their importance to the
rest of America.
He decided to do so in the most practical way he knew how -- with his feet. Yahola is one of the driving forces behind the Sacred Sites Run, an effort to attract attention to the rampant "destruction, desecration and ongoing looting" of ancient burial grounds.
"As Native Americans, we want people to know there's a certain sense of identity related to these places," Yahola said during a program at Belmont University yesterday.
"I think tribal groups need to do more (to educate the public and fight for site preservation) … not only one group, but all groups that have been through here," Yahola said.
His drive started on the first day of spring at the Pinson Mounds near Jackson, Tenn. Already, Yahola has been to Indian burial sites in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
Yahola and others meet at the sites and make a symbolic run to the mounds, or what is left of them, to collect handfuls of dirt, he said. When the run is finished this summer, dirt from burial mounds in nine states
will be brought to Wisconsin, where it will be used to build a smaller mound as a monument to desecrated burial sites.
Saturday, he added a few handfuls of dirt from local mound sites to his collection. Along with a delegation of local Native Americans and conservationists, Yahola visited several area burial sites, including one near the Brentwood Public Library and Fewkes Mound, also in Brentwood.
"Mr. Yahola is basically trying to help raise awareness on a national level on preservation of sacred sites," said Pat Cummins, a Nashville resident, a Cherokee and a member of the Nashville-based Alliance for Native American Indian Rights.
"There can never be enough people out there fighting for this cause. There's not as many people involved nowadays as there once were," Cummins said. "I see what Ben is doing as being extremely important to Native American people." Cummins said several sites in Middle Tennessee, containing anywhere from 150
to 300 burials, have been destroyed in the past five years. "To us, that's a major loss, just because of their sheer size," he said.
Without a significant shift in culture, sacred Native American burial sites will continue to fall to development, according to Mark Tolley, co-president of the Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy.
Tennessee is a "cultural wasteland" when it comes to preserving those sites, Tolley said. "We bulldoze mounds in Tennessee," he said. "Most of our sites in Davidson County are gone. We need to preserve what we have. If we don't act fast in the next 10 years, most of these sites will be gone."
At times, Yahola said, what he has seen at mounds during the run have weighed heavily on his heart. At one, looters searching for artifacts had dug a large hole right through a mound. At another, a casino had been built over a burial site. "Some of it, it's pretty hard to go there," he said. "It takes a lot of energy out of me to do this."
Yahola put much of the blame on the nation's education system, which he says doesn't teach children "about the true America." The responsibility of delivering those lessons now falls to individuals, he said.
"We want to be able to educate people and let them know that we are all tribal people, in that we have that connection to the earth," Yahola said. "This is not just an Indian problem. This is something we all can benefit from."