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News headlines reinforce negative stereotypes of Native Americans. They live in communities associated with drug use, alcoholism, and random acts of violence. In these societies defined by loss, a lack of infrastructure, substandard education, and addiction have led to despair. But that isn’t the entire story. A pocket of hope lies in the sport of running. Endurance running has long been a key spiritual element of Native American cultures—one through which individuals can demonstrate strength and resilience. Its importance has declined as modern problems have emerged, but many still preach its benefits. Through endurance running the next generation can learn mental toughness, the value of proper nutrition, and the gratification that comes from winning.
Run to the East tells the story of three high school seniors in New Mexico who run to earn college scholarships and move beyond the boundaries of their Navajo reservations.