In 2001, the Northern Cheyenne Breakout Committee was formed to plan and construct a monument to recognize the sacrifices and bravery of their ancestors who fought to return home on that fateful night in January of 1879. The Northern Cheyenne Breakout Committee includes tribal members, elders, professionals, and supporters. They are committed to helping tribal members and non-Indians to heal from a traumatic event in our collective history. Descendants of the resilient Northern Cheyenne people, and many others who have been inspired by their powerful story, are resolved to acknowledge, and honor their efforts to regain and preserve a homeland for their people.
THE HEALING TRAIL
With the Monument having been completed, the committee refocused their efforts to plan, fund, and build, the Northern Cheyenne Healing Trail, which would recognize and honor the historic path taken from the “Cheyenne Barracks” at the Fort to the Monument at the base of the buttes. The trail will teach the rich history of those brave Cheyenne who put their lives on the line to return to their homelands in the North. The four-mile Trail will be open to pedestrians and green technology will be woven into every aspect of the design, materials, and construction. Interpretive signs will be placed along the trail to provide insight and education about the Breakout. Shaded arbors with seating will be installed at four points along the trail to encourage travelers to rest and reflect on the traditional Cheyenne principles of respect, knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality. These principles represent the ideals that guide each Northern Cheyenne along their ultimate path, the Cheyenne Journey of Life, which begins in the womb and ends with their crossing on to the Next Camp. For many, that Journey ended on this very trail on the night of January 9, 1879.`
Once finished, the Northern Cheyenne Healing Trail will provide an avenue for Tribal members to play an active role in the way their history is taught to future generations. It will also allow their history and their ways to be more readily shared with the world, creating opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and healing.
The Northern Cheyenne Breakout Committee partners in this effort with the Nebraska Community Foundation, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Chief Dull Knife College, Friends of White River Trail, History Nebraska, the Nebraska Land Trust, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Fort Robinson State Park and the National Park Service.
MAIL IN DONATIONS:
All donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to: Nebraska Community Foundation, Attn: Northern Cheyenne Breakout Legacy Fund, PO Box 83107, Lincoln, NE 68501-3107.
For additional information on the Northern Cheyenne Healing Trail please contact: Major Robinson 406.438.1420 redstonemt@gma