Celebrating Limestone: Take a look at what you’ll see and hear at the Limestone County Bicentennial Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 6:
Native Stories and Music by Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin
Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin, one of the founders of Sacred Way Sanctuary in Florence and the Native American Horse Trail, will share stories and music of the Cherokee and Chickasaw native to Limestone County.
Collin received her doctorate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in May 2017 where she graduated with Honors (Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key.) Her research focused on the historical, cultural, and spiritual relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the horse. She is of Lakota, Nakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Mayan descent on her mother's side, and Cherokee, Choctaw and Scottish descent on her father's side. During her decade of pre-research on this topic, she drew from the histories and traditional teachings of each of these Peoples, as well as many other Nations whose Elders wished to share their knowledge.
Collin is currently the Executive Director of Sacred Healing Circle, a non-profit organization that focuses on healing Native communities. She also proudly serves as part of the Administrative Team for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council of Elders.
Collin is an award-winning journalist, and has held various executive positions at non-profit institutions around the United States. She has advised state, federal and Fortune 100 organizations on Native American policy. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and internationally on her people’s traditions and history surrounding the horse at academic and Native leadership conferences. She practices the traditional ways of her Ancestors and is a wife, mother, and grandmother.