Blessed voyage

August 7, 2009 | 6:07 p.m. CDT
Dick Brumley holds the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation a few moments after his team, the Its Woot Rivermen, completed the Missouri River 340 race in St. Charles on Thursday. Brumley is flanked on the left by Chinook Nation chairman Ray Gardner and Donnie Deerpath Wright. Wright blessed the canoe with a smudging ceremony before its departure from Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, and Gardner greeted the team in St. Charles with a gift of smoked salmon and uncirculated commemorative Lewis and Clark nickels.

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