The community is invited to join Siletz Tribal members and friends on Sept. 6-8 for the 18th Annual Run to the Rogue. You can register at 8 a.m. on Sept. 6 or at any time on the run. Pictured above, left, Tribal Elder Jeannette Giddings, and right, Tony Molina, Eugene Williams Jr., Tony Whitehead, Clarinda Black 2011-12 Junior Miss Siletz and Stan Werth.
This event is a 234-mile relay run/walk in memory of the Siletz Tribal ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homeland in Rogue River country in the mid-1800s and marched north to Siletz and the confinements of the Coast Reservation. This annual relay run is the closest today’s Tribal members can come to their ancestors’ experience on the journey from their homeland.
The run begins in Siletz on Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Tribal Community Center and ends Sept. 8 at Oak Flat on the Rogue River. Lunch then will be served at Cougar Lane Lodge, 4219 Agness Road; turn right when leaving Oak Flat onto Agness Road.
Volunteers are needed for this three-day event to run, walk or help out with camp setup, cleanup, cooking and other areas.
Youth can participate but need a designated adult committed to traveling and camping with the youth.
Camping sites, meals and runners’ support and refreshments are provided along the route. An orientation session will be held Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Tribal Community Center in Siletz.
For more information, contact Buddy Lane, cultural education director, at 800-922-1399, ext. 1230, or 541-444-8230; or firstname.lastname@example.org