The Nation reschedules Exodus commemoration
By Don Decker, YAN News.. 02/28/19
Due to inclement weather from a massive snow storm in northern Arizona beginning February 17 and continuing into February 21 and up to late afternoon on Friday February 22, Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Executive Office cancelled all activities related to the Exodus commemoration on Wednesday afternoon, February 20.
The massive storm that began on February 21, Thursday morning exasperated highway travel in the region and caused several state highways and I-17 and I-40 to be closed. Highway 60 from Superior to Globe was closed which prevented many visitors from the San Carlos area to attend the Camp Verde event.
A 180 mile cross-country run called the ‘Exodus Run’ had been scheduled to begin from the San Carlos Apache Reservation on February 22 was cancelled due icy roads into and out of the Payson area. The runners were to continue their run through Payson up to ST. Rte. 260 turn- off into Camp Verde 26 miles north of Payson at the 6,000 feet elevation where the roads became impassible.
There were no other options but to cancel the Exodus activities according to YAN tribal officials.
“On Friday the business who provides the tents and heaters called and said they would not be providing the tents and heaters due to weather. That left us with no other option but to cancel the events. The weather would have been too cold for elders and it would have been too hard to serve meals. As it turned out, the field (where the event was to be held) was covered in snow,” said Chairwoman Jane-Russell Winiecki.
In addition, most of the roads within 50 miles of the Nation’s lands were closed such as the road to Boynton Canyon in Sedona where an early morning event was to have taken place. The elders luncheon on that Friday, February 22 was cancelled as well.
There were also power outages in nearby Cottonwood and Clarkdale during the storm.
Nearby snow falls measured at 37 inches in Flagstaff with Camp Verde receiving 6 inches of snow that Friday morning on February 22.
The Exodus Commemoration is now rescheduled for March 23, Saturday. All the news related to the newly rescheduled date will be posted on the Nation’s website at ‘yavapai-apache nation.org.