Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 3

the WellBriety journey for forgiveness

Journey to Commemorate Native American Historical &  Boarding School Trauma

Colorado: The White Buffalo Prophecy tells of a time when a white buffalo calf would be born. Her birth would signal a time of Great Healing for All Nations. That white buffalo calf - the first of many -  was born in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1994. Her name was Miracle.

Miracle inspired the people at Wellbriety White Bison to organize a 6,800-mile, journey-of-forgiveness. The journey will remember those who suffered during their Native American boarding school experiences.  White Bison travelers will stop at 23 present and former Indian School Sites. They hope to promote awareness, dialogue and forgiveness for these school experiences so Indian people can heal from this tragic chapter in U.S. history.

  Nearly 500 boarding schools funded by the U.S. government  forced Native Youth from their homes to attend these schools.
  Thousands of Indian students lost their dignity and their language.
  Many children died while in the custody of boarding schools.
  Growing evidence shows that the trauma Indian children suffered is one reason for the alarming numbers of  Native youth suicides and substance abuse deaths.

The marchers plan to hand deliver a petition to Congress when they arrive in Washington D.C. They hope their efforts and supporters help Congress recognize how these policies impacted Native American language, traditions, and self worth. They are also calling upon President Obama to issue a formal apology.

 journey schedule

May 16th, 2009
Chemawa Indian School - Salem, OR
May 17th, 2009
Warm Springs Agency Boarding School - Warm Springs, OR
May 19th, 2009
Fort Hall Indian Boarding School - Fort Hall, ID
May 21st, 2009
St. Stephens High School - Riverton, WY
May 24th, 2009
Stewart Indian School - Carson City, NV
May 26th, 2009
Sherman Indian School - Riverside, CA
May 27th, 2009
Phoenix Indian School - Phoenix, AZ
May 31st, 2009
Santa Fe Indian School - Santa Fe, NM
June 2nd, 2009
Concho Indian School, El Reno, OK
June 3rd, 2009
Riverside Indian School - Anadarko, OK
June 4th, 2009
Sequoyah High School - Tahlequah, OK
June 5th, 2009
Haskell Indian Nations University - Lawrence, KS
June 6th, 2009
Genoa Indian Industrial School - Genoa, NE
June 8th, 2009
Rapid City, SD
June 9th, 2009
Morris Indian School - Morris, MN
June 10th, 2009
White Earth Indian School - White Earth, MN
June 11th, 2009
Red Lake  Indian School - Red Lake, MN
June 12th, 2009
Leech Lake Indian School - Cass Lake, MN
June 14th, 2009
Lac du Flambeau Boarding School - Lac du Flambeau, WI
June 15th, 2009
Oneida Indian Boarding School - Oneida, WI
June 17th, 2009
Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial School - Mt. Pleasant, MI
June 19th, 2009
Thomas Indian School - Gowanda, NY
June 21st, 2009
Carlisle Indian School - Carlisle, PA
June 24th, 2009
National Museum of the American Indian - Washington, D.C

 Trauma Workshops
 In conjunction with the 2009 Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness, Wellbriety White Bison is also hosting workshops about Historical and Boarding School Trauma and ways to deal with it at an individual, family and community level.
These workshops will be held :

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Portland, OR
Coeur D’Alene, ID
Riverton, WY
Reno, NV
Sacramento, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Oklahoma City, OK
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Kansas City, KS
Rapid City, SD
Albuquerque, NM
Minneapolis, MN
Oneida, WI
Mt. Pleasant, MI

Learn about Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo:   Meeting Miracle, the Sacred Legend
Read and sign the petition:
Register For the Historical and Boarding School Traumas: Phone  1-877-871-1495 or
Wellbriety White Bison http://www.whitebison.


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