Special connections

foundation-youth.jpgOne of the really important and almost spiritual parts of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride is the fact that several young members of the Nez Perce Tribe are participants. Each year Bonnie Ewing, trail boss for the Chief Joseph Foundation, brings four or five of the youth who are part of the foundation’s programs.

They obviously have connections and references points along the historic trail that most of us can’t adequately relate to, but these young people serve as clear evidence that the tradition of this particular trail ride is extremely worthy of preservation. Bonnie has been part of the CJTR for many years and thrives on the role of “granny” to the kids. Always the promoter, during the week Bonnie conducts a silent auction to raise funds for the foundation. If you’d like to learn more about the Chief Joseph Foundation, let us know.

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