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The last major legs of the Great Plains/Great Prairie Sacred Sites Run 2008

The last major legs of the Great Plains/Great Prairie Sacred Sites Run 2008 will be in the Milwaukee Area: Labor Day weekend and the following weekend at Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 6-7.  Below is the schedule of WI events.  Fell free to pass on to your contacts.

Please join us for the Aztalan to Milwaukee Run/Walk on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 and 31, and Sept 1.  Then the following weekend, come find our SSR literature table Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-7) at Indian Summer Festival (ISF) at the lakefront and join us that Sunday morning Sept. 7 for the ceremonies: 8 AM at the Lake Park Mound (Locust St. and Lake Dr.); Walk/Run to Summerfest grounds at 9 AM and then at 10AM–Indian Summer religious service honoring sacred sites and Native harvests.

We have had a strong year of running; political work (especially with the Dakota and Crow Creek); good coverage in the Native press; and just enough money to do our work.  Check out all the good things at our Indian Summer Festival literature table; sign our petition for protection of sacred sites; come meet the runners and writers in Earth Keeper Voices for Native America; and join our work this autumn and next year for SSR 2009.

Late Summer/Autumn 2008 SSR schedule:

Aug 15, 16: Run honoring mounds of Montello, WI, and educational event

Labor Day weekend: Run/Walk from Aztalan State Park to Milwaukee:

Relay 20 miles per day with Milwaukee area Indigenous runners from Aztalan Mounds State Park, Aztalan, WI to Milwaukee Lake Park Mound.

Saturday August 30, at 7:00 AM the relay begins at Aztalan.

Sunday August 31, at 7:00 AM continue the run.

Monday September 1, 7:00 AM the run picks up and enters Milwaukee.

[Probable route: Hiway B from Aztalan, 16 miles to Oconomowoc (possible stop near Aurora Medical Center disturbed mound); highways to Waukesha, then to West Allis State Fair Park mound; and then 7 miles into Milwaukee.]

For exact times, routes, locations of circle gatherings, contact Ben Yahola: (414) 383-7072 or email at

Thurs. Sept. 4: “The Water Speaks” Conference: Native Perspectives on the Great Lakes, 6 AM to 4:30 PM; Discovery World, at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee lakefront. Look for SSR table.

Sat./Sun. Sept. 6, 7  Indian Summer Festival at Milwaukee’s lakefront (literature  table Sat. and Sunday, plus Sunday ceremony at 10 AM)

Sept. 20 Fall Equinox Gathering, Milwaukee, WI

Thurs., Sept. 18th-Sun. 21st: “Growing Food & Justice-for-All Initiative,” WI State Fairgrounds, Milwaukee, Wisconsin [Ben Yahola, presenter; Winona LaDuke also presents]

Oct 4 Honoring mounds in WI

Sacred Sites Run 2006-2010 and

Earth Keeper Voices of Native America (EKVNA)

c/o  Ben Yahola: (414) 383-7072 or email at

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