Justin Schlender: Remembering Father Jim Schlender

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

The 2009 Healing Circle Run/Walk is intended to be a prayer for healing in the ceded territory. It started Saturday July 11 at the pipestone quarry near Lac Courte Oreilles,visiting eight reservations, and finishing  back at Lac Courte Oreilles Friday, July 17.

The run started twenty years ago, as the Anishinaabe Solidarity Relay, the vision of Ernie St. Germaine,  during the height of the treaty spearfishing controversy.

Justin Schlender drove all Friday night from Madison to attend the opening ceremony Saturday morning at Lac Courte Oreilles.  His father Jim, who walked on four years ago, lead the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and the defense of treaty rights. 

At the ceremony Vietnam War veteran Gary Quarderer presented an eagle feather to the runners and walkers on behalf of the Lac Courte Oreilles veterans.

To honor his father's legacy Justin Schlender ran the opening leg of the Healing Circle Run/Walk towards Raddison.

The first night the run ended at the roundhouse at Lac Du Flambeau.


"Every step is a prayer."

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