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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 22, 2003 - Issue 83


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7 Star Mustang Sanctuary and Learning Center Inc.

by 7 Star Mustang Sanctuary and Learning Center Inc.

Mekwin and MahlakThe Purpose of the Sanctuary:

  • To provide safe living domain for a family of wild mustangs (including two mares from a recent Colorado round-up).
  • To provide public viewing and guided walks among the wild horse family.
  • To offer on site workshops and clinics to the public enhancing equine practices in basic equine care, horse psychology & behavior, wild horse gentling and non-traumatic training practices.
  • To provide a truly unique visitation experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, viewing the wild yet protected mustangs within the sanctuary for the general public, horse lovers, artists, writers, etc.
  • To create an outdoor classroom for youth groups, schools, etc. to experience the harmony and balance that exists in this natural environment.
  • To have a multipurpose building with a bathroom facility, fund raising gift shop, indoor classroom and viewing area for the arts.

Why a mustang sanctuary? Little by little, the native lands that originally supported vast roaming herds of mustangs have declined. Originally there were between 350 and 400 protected land areas that each supported multiple herds of wild horses in the United States. These areas have been overtaken by people, cattle, droughts, changing water tables and the modern world overall. Today, there are less than 250 areas the numbers of individuals have diminished drastically.

IgawesRound-ups of wild horses are common place - both the legal round-ups conducted by the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or illegal round-ups perpetrated by individuals wanting the land for other purposes or to sell the horses for profit to feed lots and eventual slaughter.

Wild horses are the history of the land and epitomize the spirit and freedom this nation cherishes. In response to overwhelming public concern, congress passed in 1971 The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. This legislation declared the wild horses and burros to be "…living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation and enrich the lives of the American people…" Nevertheless, even with legislative support, wild horses still suffer a precarious existence.

The mustangs of America are living symbols of our past. To close our eyes to the past is to be blind to the future.

For more information on this project, contact Songbird Brown at



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