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Grassroots Indian Nation Tour
June 24 - July 6, 2001
Presented by the
University of Wyoming
Canku Luta (Red Road, Inc.)
The Grassroots Indian Nation Tour immerses participants in the history,
culture and contemporary issues of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Shoshone
Nations. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Plains Indian cultures, sacred sites,
and contemporary conditions from the point of view of Indian elders and grassroots
Participants travel through South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, living in tipis
and cooking outdoors. Campsites include the Badlands of South Dakota, Grey Buffalo Horn
Butte (Devil's Tower) in Wyoming, the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, and some
others. At each campsite, traditional elders and leaders are the teachers. Participants
visit many sacred and politically significant areas, including: Green Grass where the
Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe resides; Medicine Wheel and the battlefield in the Little
Big Horn Mountains; and, the Healing Waters of the Sacred Hot Springs in Wyoming.
The tour may be part of a three credit course offered through the University of
Wyoming Outreach School, or may be taken independently. Students and Non-student
participants will be provided with a packet of materials to prepare them for the tour. For
example, the packet will include more details about things to bring (sleeping bag a must!)
and how to dress (the weather varies greatly from day to day and participants will want to
be culturally sensitive when visiting sacred sites).
A program of this nature requires participants to open their minds to new ways of
thinking and behaving. A flexible attitude and respect for others are prerequisites.
Presented with many opportunities along the way, at times participants themselves have
some input into the itinerary. And coming prepared to learn how to put up a tipi and cook
on an open fire is desirable.
Participants have the responsibility to get to Laramie, Wyoming in time for a
9:00 am meeting on Sunday, June 24, 2001. Immediately after this brief meeting, the tour
leaves for the South Dakota Badlands and the first night of camping. Several elders of the
Grassroots Oglala Lakota Oyate will visit and lecture. From the Badlands, the route takes
us north through the Black Hills and east to Green Grass on the Cheyenne River
Reservation, where Arvol Looking Horse, the keeper of the Sacred Calf Pipe of the Lakota
Nation will speak. The journey proceeds westward to Grey Buffalo Horn Butte, to the
Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the Big Horn Mountains, and southward through Wyoming's
Wind River Canyon and many sacred sites unknown to most non-Indian people. The tour will
end giving participants the opportunity to experience the Healing Waters of the Sacred Hot
Springs. On July 6, a final meeting in Laramie will end the tour (but not the learning!).
A more detailed itinerary will be available in the participant packet.
Transportation to Laramie
Participants can fly into Denver and take ground shuttle by calling
Armadillo Express at 1-888-256-2967 or fly United Express out of Denver into Laramie by
calling 1-800-241-6522. If you need accomodations for the nights of June 23 or July 6 call
Barbara Barnes at 1-877-733-3618, Ext. 3.
Click here for a printable registration
Non-Student - Inclusive Fee - $1,500
Student - $1,000
University of Wyoming Outreach School - The tour may be
part of a three credit course offered through the UW Outreach School, or may be taken
independently. For 3 UW credits, the following fees must be paid when you register:
Undergraduate - $262.50
Graduate - $433.50
General Questions/More Information
If you have specific questions or want more information, please contact
Barbara Barnes at the University of Wyoming Outreach School at (307) 766-5634 or
1-877-733-3618, Ext. 3 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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