The Walk will reach Pueblo on Friday. After 6 straight days of 30 miles plus per day, we will have a Gathering on Saturday the 19th October at 2:00 PM at the Pueblo Library, followed by a potluck dinner at another location tbd. Our primary host is Reddog Rudy from AIM Colrazatlan. We will be walking through Pueblo on Sunday, 20th October and hope some will come down from Denver and Colorado Springs.
The Walk will be going through Wichita on September 29th. We will start at 9AM from 29th and Rock, go down Rock to Central and head toward the park by the Mid America All Indian Center, where we will have a rally at 12:30 pm to talk about the Walk and to express our support for those engaged in tar sands and pipeline resistance.. We will be in the Wichita area for the next four days so if anyone wants us to come and talk we are available. We will be staying at 9601 w 73rd street and the contact phone is 202-436-6576.
The Longest Walk in 1978 changed the face of Indian Country forever. In 1978 change was in process with the Indian Cild Welfare Act and the Indian Religious Freedom Act; however, the minds of the people were, in a lot of cases, still very stagnate.
The word sovereignty was not in our vocabulary nor in our minds as a doable concept. Many of our communities were just beginning to see the opportunities available to us with the passage of the Civil Right Act and the efforts of the American Indian Movement and the Black Power Movement.
The Longest Walk changed the way we thought, not only about our rights as people, but the way we thought about our responsibilities as Native people. We were reawakened to the concept of seven generations, ceremony, the relationship of everything on, in and above the earth, and that we had a greater responsibility to the earth than we were aware of.
From those very few who started that Walk in 1978, to the thousands who ended it we were changed. Many of us went on to change so many things in Indian Country and we are not done yet.
If you doubt the impact of the Walk in 1978, I challenge you to look at changes that were made on reservations, in urban areas, and even for those who are not recognized by the US Government in the years that followed and see if those change makers were not impacted by the Longest Walk.
Yes, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Indian Religious Freedom Act and the American Indian Movement itself had a major impact on the shifts in Indian Country, but those individual Native people whose feet hit the pavement from San Francisco to Washington DC in 1978, were the foot soldiers of that change. Without those individual hearts and minds to move that change forward, to work, pray, and plan for the next seven generations, we would not be where we are today.
No, we are not where we need to be, but we are closer than we have been in over a hundred years.
Longest Walk 1978
Greetings Walkers, Runners and Staff Carriers of the Longest Walk 4.
On Behalf of one of the oldest A.I.M. charters in the United States, which is 40 years old from Reno, Nevada, we welcome you and commend your efforts on this walk across Turtle Island. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you. We ask for blessing, guidance, understanding and protection for each one of you. Have clear days and open roads and always remember your prayers are just as strong as you stay together…Strength in numbers. Don’t let your mind go weak, you’re representing your families, friends, your tribe and of course, yourself. Be proud of who you are and try not to break the circle. Take care of the sacred staffs and yourself and always remember this when your carrying something sacred. Every step is a prayer and every thought is a prayer and every prayer is a prayer.
Blessing be with you. “Brave Up!”
We would like to thank the American Indian Movement Indiana-Kentucky for their support, and the generous people at the AIC Lebanon Pow Wow that we attended today. Tomorrow we get back on schedule, going to Brazil, Indiana from Plainfield. We would also like to acknowledge the various original Nations of this area now called Indianapolis, including the Miami, Wea, Pienkeshaw, Delaware and Shawnee.
We are leaving our camp in Richmond and heading to Indianapolis today. We thank Mary Horn, Jean and family for hosting us. Special prayers for Mary and her good health. There was a Pipe Ceremony in Richmond on the 11th, thre will be a Press Conference in Indianapolis on the 16th and we will be going to the pow wow in Lebanon on the 17th. Our rest days have been moved around again and we will be Walking on the 13-16 and 18-21.
At this time we want to encourage people to think about Indigenous Sovereignty. This is the purpose of the Walk. We will be creating a section for inclusion of Indigenous Sovereignty issues and for discussion. So, if anyone has any issues to submit, please do so. Thank you.
The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz is for Indigenous Sovereignty. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Nez Perce Nation as they stood up to the tar sands and pipeline developers passing through their lands. It is a sad day when an Indigenous Nation’s lands and sovereign rights are violated by the United States, and their subsidiary called Idaho that is not supposed to have any authority over Indian Nations. For more information about this matter check out http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/