Walking the Red Road
Native Healing Program 5K
Founders Park — Native healing program held its first Walking the Red Road 5K at Founders Park. The purpose — to support the sobriety recovery program and those struggling with alcohol abuse. Native Healing program is an outpatient facility that is primarily directed towards enrolled tribal members. The program comes at no charge to members. A few of the services offered include alcohol and drug assessments, group and individual event, and will soon begin residential and day treatments.
The walk was preceded by a sage-ing ceremony that was led by clinical supervisor Marcie Sprague. “I’m from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and just from a little girl just saw how natives really struggled with prejudice, poverty, alcoholism. So it really drove me to want to go to school and help. So that’s why I’m here. And it’s been the best decision I ever made. I love helping my people,” says Sprague.
The event was open to the public, and planned on hosting up to 300 people. Attendees were expected to arrive from as far away as Pine Ridge.