If you’ve been keeping up with the CANA Team then you know our most recent mission was the re-homing of the Prison Valley 25. The PV25 was initially part of a group of 50 horses that the CANA team had planned on releasing simultaneously. Due to some setbacks we were forced to seek additional land for the remaining 25 horses. Luckily CANA team member Mo Brings Plenty formed a relationship with Jerry Mullen of the Comanche Nation in Oklahoma. Jerry had been working toward building a youth program for his people. This initiative is called the Horse Program. Just to give you a little history on the Comanche, they were known as “The Lords of the Plains” due to their riding abilities and connection with our horse relatives. Over time, as with many cultures, pieces of that connection were lost. Jerry estimated that out of an 18,000 membership; only a dozen can actually ride a horse today. So what the horse program intends to do is bring back that connection between the Comanche and their horse relatives.
That’s where the Prison Valley 25 comes into play. Re-homing the PV25 at the Comanche Youth Program is the start of the healing process that will reconnect the Comanche with their cultural history. We intend to restore the traditions and values that this indigenous tribe once held so dear. I sat down with CANA team member Will Strongheart, and he explained the scene when he, Mo and Cole Palfreyman arrived at the youth camp with the horses. “The energy shifted the moment they were released. They danced on the grass and understood that freedom again.”
“The buffalo feast following was a warm gesture. To sit, eat, laugh and share among relatives. This was a welcome home old style!” This is a fresh start for the Comanche; it allows them to rewild, and reinstates a tradition that was lost over the years. Our motto here at the CANA foundation is horses, human, habitat. And it was a pleasure for us to be able to help all three. The CANA team wants to thank all that helped with this initiative, Mo, Will, Cole, Tommy Bearstrack, the rest of the CANA Team and all our supporters who donated to this noble cause. This is a huge step in the right direction for the Comanche as well as the PV25. And we plan on continuing to do whatever we can to help with the Youth Program.