CHALLENGE YOURSELF THIS NOVEMBER // SET YOUR GOAL TO 640 MILES, 100 MILES
OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN
There are 574 federally recognized Sovereign Nations (Tribes, Nations, Bands, Pueblos, communities and Villages) and roughly 66 State recognized Nations that all have their own form of governance, but please remember, our existence, is in our blood and doesn’t conform to the colonial constructs that gives us our identity and that blood quantum is a colonial construct used to dehumanize us and say that we are not “Native enough.” Due to genocide, so many of our relatives were taken – once thriving, now we are among the minority and often, invisible. But that is changing as so many Indigenous folx are emerging with their voice, presence and heart to create a better future for our next generations.
As we are in the fight for justice, visibility and respect – to be seen, heard, and supported across all our movements, the call for renaming and replacing the very things that uphold and celebrate colonialism, genocide, white supremacy and racism – are being removed, one by one.
Native American Heritage Month is a celebration of the resilience, strength, compassion and heart work happening in our communities. We must also recognized that the months of October and November are busy, stressful and often times, triggering for many Indigenous and Native Peoples. It’s a time where we can celebrate, even if it’s the small wins (for now) for recognition, respect, visibility and support our communities and voices receive. However, we are constantly using our voice and energy to reclaim, to fight the racism, stereotypes and invisibility by those that don’t support Indigenous Peoples Day and would rather celebrate and honor Columbus; Native American Heritage Month – where some don’t agree that celebrating our First Peoples all month isn’t the way to do it; Truthsgiving (also known as Thanksgiving – sign up for the Truthsgiving 4 miler with me and Seeding Sovereignty) and the harm caused by Halloween when it comes to stereotypes, racism and the hypersexualized costumes that do not reflect Native women and perpetuate the violence Native women and our relatives continue to face. For generations, Native people have opposed these holiday’s and recognition that celebrates the genocide of our ancestors, the systemic oppression and racism that it created that Native, Black, Brown, Immigrant, Asian, Two Spirit, LGBTQ+ and Non-Binary people feel today.
So now – we focus on the positive, the resilience, our survival and our hearts that motivate us to fight for our next generations. Participate in this run/movement challenge to help honor all Native Nations that still exist and remember the many Nations that were eradicated and/or not support for their Federal or State recognition to this day.
If you're not covering distance, then 1 hour of activity = 3 Miles
4 laps on a track = 1 Mile
Find a Certified USATF Course
Some run/walk events display course maps at elitefeats.com
Many parks have measured 'fitness' trails open to the public
Download free app Strava & hit 'Record'
Email // [email protected]
1. Run/Walk/Move daily or whenever & wherever you'd like!
2. On the start date go to elitefeats.com/Results - click on this event.
3. Search for Your Name - click UPDATE.
4. Follow instructions provided to log your miles.
5. OPTIONAL upload up to 5 photos!
11/1 Start posting times. Registering late? You can backlog miles! Please allow up to 24 hours to be listed.
11/30 Last day to log miles for all registration options.
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