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College offers tours into history of Old West

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College will offer a unique opportunity for individuals to literally step back into Nebraska's legendary history this June with a "Tales of the Indian Raids" guided bus tour and a "Cowboy Philosophy 101" workshop.

Participants in the "Tales of the Indian Raids" tour will travel by bus to the Last Indian Raid Museum in Oberlin and the Sappa and Beaver Creek sites where the pioneers were raided and killed during the Cheyenne Exodus.

Knowledgeable tour guides will share information about the desperate 1878 escape of Dull Knife and Little Wolfe as they and their warriors evaded federal troops from Fort Reno, Camp Supply, Fort Dodge, and Fort Wallace on their way to Fort Robinson in the Nebraska panhandle. Participants will also learn about the history of the Republican River Valley.

The bus leaves MCC's McMillen Hall at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, returns at 3 p.m. Cost is $25, which includes the bus ride, guided tour, museum tour, and lunch in Oberlin.

Those who want to learn more about the code of honor of the American Cowboy should plan to join Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell as he explores the "Cowboy Way" in "Cowboy Philosophy 101."

This workshop will include a laid back conversation with one of the country's best known cattlemen, punctuated with humor, and built on horse sense. Mitchell is one of the organizers of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering and has appeared on Good Morning America, TNN, The History Channel, PBS, and BBC, as well as being featured in People, Life, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal along with numerous other appearances, performances, articles and books.

The workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at McMillen Hall. Cost is $19.

For those who are interested in both Cowboys and Indians, MCC is offering a combination package that includes both the "Tales of the Indian Raids" tour and "Cowboy Philosophy 101" workshop for only $30. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Kircher at (308) 345-8123 or email kirchers@ mpcc.edu.

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