February 26, 2013
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The Yavapai Apache Nation's Exodus-Return Commemoration took place in Camp Verde on Saturday, February 23, with a full agenda of activities that began at sunrise with a Spirit Run and Blessing at Boynton Canyon. The Exodus is a tradition that began in the 1970s, a time when Indian nations across the country began a search for their own roots. At 10 a.m. participants recreated the forced exodus from the Verde Valley, walking from Cliff Castle Casino Hotel to the Yavapai-Apache Cultural Center, where they were joined by an equal number of Spirit Runners in a re-creation of the return of the Apache and Yavapai people to the Verde Valley.