Today in 1864: The first contingent of over 14,000 Navajo reach Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
Men, women and children had been forced to march almost 400 miles from northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico to Bosque Redondo, a desolate tract on the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico. Traveling in harsh winter conditions for almost two months, about 200 Navajo died of cold and starvation along the way. More died after they arrived at the barren reservation.
The forced march, led by Kit Carson, an Indian agent and military leader in both the Mexican and Civil Wars, became known by the Navajos as the “Long Walk.”
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Each Sunday in March is a Winter Concert at Olbrich Botanical Gardens! Concerts are at 3330 Atwood Avenue, and start at 2pm. There is a small suggested admission donation. Sponsored by Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge. More info at olbrich.org or call 608-245-3675.
Wisconsin Network for peace and Justice’s first-ever youth video contest – “The Future We Deserve: A Wisconsin Without War” – is now open! High school students can make short videos in response to the question, “If you had one trillion dollars, what would you do for yourself, your family and your community?” Four will earn scholarships, and show their videos at a WNPJ celebration in May. The deadline for video contest submissions is April 1st. For more info or to register, visit wnpj.org.