Centennial Apache Freedom Run
Chiricahua Apache women POWs, Fort Bowie, 1886

Centennial Apache Freedom Run Is Underway


Of all the American Indian Nations who were defeated by or surrendered to the United States government, according to ApacheFreedomRun.com, the Chiricahua Apache were the last to surrender and so they were held captive the longest, for more than 27 years in the harshest conditions. Out of the thousands of prisoners of war, only 250 survived the unimaginable ordeal when they were finally released in April 1913.  Their story of survival and perseverance is honored and remembered through this year with the first annual Centennial Apache Freedom Run.

The Centennial Apache Freedom Run marks 100 years of freedom for the Chiricahua Apache People and commemorates the end of one of the darkest chapters in American History. The 501-mile journey by 183 Apache from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico,  is being run in stages by Apache runners: the run began April 1 and will conclude April 5.

Centennial celebrations will be held at the Mescalero Reservation in Mescalero, New Mexico, April 5-6, including the final leg of the 501-mile relay run.  The Apache Nation invites everyone and welcomes the people of the world to come join them for this momentous occasion, which includes a parade, a re-enactment of the prisoners train arrival in Tularosa, New Mexico, performances of the traditional Apache War Dance and the Dance of the Mountain Gods and much more. Check back with ICTMN for further details on this weekend's events.

For more info go to ApacheFreedomRun.com and the Facebook page of the Chiricahua Apache Centennial Celebration by clicking here.


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david Maurice's picture
david Maurice
Submitted by david Maurice on
From a Indian brother in Canada, congratulations on this endeavour. I have always been fond of the Apache, because in my opinion, they represent the last "Warriors" of American history and their resolve is written in the Desert Sands from all the Ancestors gone past..

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Submitted by boujoie on
As more awaken to the many atrocities that were committed against our Native brethren, I am glad to see the ways in which more awareness and attention are being given. With the 175th bike ride commemoration of the Trail of Tears being observed simultaneously, cracks in the stonewalls are finally opening. JB

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david velarde Jr.
Submitted by david velarde Jr. on
I ran to anadarko back in 1997 as part of the Apache Nation United against drugs and alcohol, it was an awesome experience but the problem of drugs and alcohol remain, we need to renew our ties to each other.