Sovereignty Run 2022

NCAI 20th Anniversary Sovereignty Run

In 2002, Tribal Nations, leaders, and Indian Country advocates embarked upon a cross-country run from Washington state to Washington, DC to speak up against harmful Supreme Court precedents restricting tribal jurisdictions. Now, twenty years later, the National Congress of American Indians is reviving this powerful journey to meet the call of today's pressing challenges to tribal sovereignty. The first week of October will mark the beginning of a 1,785-mile relay from Oklahoma to California geared to unite Tribal Nations, partners, and allies in heightening awareness and support of tribal sovereignty on a national level. This Sovereignty Run will be led by Fawn Sharp, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President and Vice-President of the Quinault Indian Nation, and will include participants from Tribal Nations, Native organizations, and other partners.

Why Run for Tribal Sovereignty?

Twenty years ago, the mission was to speak out against harmful precedents restricting tribal jurisdiction. This year, organizers were moved to action by another Supreme Court ruling negatively impacting tribal sovereignty—Castro-Huerta v. Oklahoma. In its ruling, the Court held that “the Federal Government and the State have concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by non-Indians against Indians in Indian country” which strikes against tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction to protect tribal citizens. The consequences of the decision for Tribal Nations, the federal government, and states will take time to unravel. Inspired by the recent history-making reinstatement of athletic great Jim “Bright Path” Thorpe's (Sac and Fox Nation and Potawatomi) Olympic gold medals, Tribal Nations will once again run to raise awareness for sovereign rights. Oklahoma was chosen as the starting point this year in honor of Jim Thorpe who hailed from Oklahoma, and in response to the Supreme Court's decision that had a significant impact on Tribal Nations there.

Follow the Path

*Dates and locations are subject to change
October 3Tahlequah, OK
October 4Clinton, OK(84 mi)
October 5Shamrock, TX(167 mi)
October 6Amarillo, TX(260 mi)
New Mexico
October 7San Jon, NM(350 mi)
October 8Santa Rosa, NM(430 mi)
October 9Moriarty, NM(510 mi)
October 10Albuquerque, NM(550 mi)
October 11Albuquerque, NM
October 12Prewitt, NM(640 mi)
October 13Gallup, NM(680 mi)
October 14Hobrook, NM(780 mi)
October 15Flagstaff, AZ(870 mi)
October 16Flagstaff, AZ
October 17Black Canyon City, AZ(960 mi)
October 18Phoenix, AZ(1020 mi)
October 19Brenda, AZ(1100 mi)
October 20Desert Center, AZ(1185 mi)
October 21Palm Springs, CA(1250 mi)
October 22Riverside, CA(1320 mi)
October 23Los Angeles, (1370 mi)
October 23Los Angeles, CA
October 24Wheeler Ridge, CA(1440 mi)
October 25Bakersfield, CA(1460 mi)
October 26Porterville, CA(1515 mi)
October 27Fresno, CA(1590 mi)
October 28Modesto, CA(1680 mi)
October 29---, CA
October 30---, CA
October 31Sacramento, CA(1765 mi)