NACA celebrates 20th Prayer Run<br>
Wendsler Nosie (San Carlos Apache), another familiar face at the Prayer Run, has been instrumental in leading the fight for his Apache and other tribes’ rights to access sacred sites on Mt. Graham. Currently, many sacred sites are blocked for entry unless tribal members seek a special permit from the Forest Service.
Nosie compared the San Francisco Peaks to Mt. Graham, saying that he and his family come to show their support for all of the tribes that find the Peaks sacred.
“Just to be here is an honor and we respect all the people here, and it’s really nice to come up here and give our support. Being here, running below the San Francisco Peaks, being up in the Camp Verde and Sedona areas, which have a lot of meaningful spiritual ways, is an honor,” Nosie said.
One of the best parts of the Sacred Mountain Prayer run is the award for the Longest Prayer, for the person who comes in last. It has been said that the “last shall be first,” and the honor accorded to this runner proves this. According to Steve Darden, who made the presentation, the person who makes the longest run is the person with the longest prayer, who has made the greatest sacrifice.
This year’s winner was Claire Breihan, who was also the recipient of the award for the oldest runner.