Sacred Hoop 500 Mile Run

Date: June

Location: The Black Hills mountain range, South Dakota, USA

The Sacred Hoop 500 Mile Run is a circuit around the Black Hills. “It is an annual run that serves over 150 Lakota youth. Kids run a 5-day, 500-mile relay that follows a sacred loop around the Black Hills and many other sacred sites in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. Along the way the kids participate in ceremony, prayer, and traditional teachings. The run is based on the Creation story of the Black Hills and the youth run in prayer for causes including: suicide, teen pregnancy, gang violence, sobriety, treaty rights, cancer, diabetes, and to relieve the suffering of the people” (taken from the Mitakuye Foundation).

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A discussion with two Lakota about the importance of the journey in prayer and sacrifice

Listen to an podcast featuring Lisa and Arlo Ironcloud, first broadcast on KILI Lakato Radio, in 2017: