Native American Runners to Speak in OKC, Sept. 9th

Peace & Dignity Journey runners in the meadow across from the Sherwood Valley Tribal Offices. Back row, left to right: Richard Santana, Isela Santana, Conor Handley, his father John, Adilia Torres, Tiffany Santana, Sergio Zavala and Brisa Santana. Front row: Sterling Wright, from the Sherwood Valley Pomo tribe, Tlamina Santana, and Sharah Nieto. (Jennifer Poole/TWN) (The Willits News)

Native American runners on a spiritual journey from Alaska to Guatemala will make a stop in Oklahoma City on Sunday, Sept. 9th, to do a public program explaining their effort. Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N. Pennsylvania Avenue will host a 6:30 pm potluck supper for the runners, followed by their program. “There is no charge for this event and we invite everyone interested to join us,” said Dr. Kathy McCallie, senior pastor at the church.

The runners are part of the Peace & Dignity Journey, founded in 1992, whose mission is to reunite the indigenous peoples of the American hemisphere toward the preservation of Native American cultures. The Peace & Dignity Journey Facebook page heralds the inspiration of elders who remember the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, which foretold that indigenous people must reunite in order to heal the nations and create a better future for generations to come.

Others are running north from Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of South America, to convene in Tikal, Guatemala, with the runners from Alaska. Tikal is considered one of the largest archeological and sacred sites of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. Along the way, local Native Americans are invited to join the runners for a day or longer. More information about the project can be found on the website <>.