The fifth annual Northern Cheyenne March and Rally Against Meth will take place Friday in Lame Deer.
The march, which organizers expect will draw more than 1,850 people, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Indian Health Services parking lot. Participants will walk down Cheyenne Avenue to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Building, where dignitaries and motivational speakers will address the crowd.
The Walking Horse drum group will begin the march with a memorial song, to remember loved ones who have experienced personal losses linked to the use of methamphetamines. The Northern Cheyenne Veterans and Lame Deer High JROTC will lead the march, followed by students, parents, families and elders.
The Community Involvement Subcommittee will give out free T-shirts imprinted with the phrase “We Are Sacred People” and the War Against Meth warrior. The ceremonies will conclude with an honor song led by the Walking Horse drum group.
June Beartusk, one of the walk’s organizers, said Head Start students, as well as K-12 students from Lame Deer Public School and the Northern Cheyenne Tribal School in Busby will take part in the march and rally. Beartusk is the Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative prevention specialist for the Northern Cheyenne War on Meth Community Coalition.
Sponsors include the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Board of health, Northern Cheyenne War on Meth Community Coalition & Community Involvement Subcommittee; Bureau of Indian Affairs-BIA, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority; Billings Area Indian Health Services and the National Relief Charities — Plains Office.
For more information, call Beartusk at 406-477-6722.