The Longest Walk Ends
They started at Alcatraz on February 11th.
Five months. Two routes. Over 4,000 miles. From sea to shining sea.
175 days (4200hrs.) ago walkers from all over Indian country as well as international allies embarked on a journey that carried them through rain, snow, and even a tornado.
Two paths were taken to make the journey, both a Northern and Southern route, in order to bring awareness to and address environmental and sacred sites protection, cultural survival, youth empowerment and Native American rights.
Thousands of walkers, which included new born babies and elders in their 90s, representing more than 100 Nations joined the Walk along the way. The Navajo (Dine’ Nation), Hopi, Apache, Havasupai, Tunica-Biloxi, Anishinaabeg, Wintun, Hualapai, Lakota, Six Nations, Ute, Washo, and many others as well as representatives from New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Italy, Holland, Poland comprised the diverse Walk. As they walked they picked up more than 8,000 bags of trash on the roads they traveled.
Today, The Longest Walk arrived in Washington, DC and delivered their message to Congress:
At 2 o’clock today The Longest Walk will reach the steps of the US capitol. Walk representatives will meet with House Judiciary Chair, US Representative John Conyers (D-MI) to deliver a ‘Manifesto for Change‘ [pdf ] along with the original manifesto [pdf ] from the 1978 Longest Walk which had initially been refused by Congress.
If you’re in DC or are close enough to drive down, join the Walkers on the National Mall tomorrow and Sunday. There will be a powwow at the National Museum of the American Indian over both days, followed by concerts. [Schedule of events.]
Oh, and keep an eye out for this guy:
Photo by Brita Brooks, courtesy of The Longest Walk
If you spot him, tell him his biggest sister loves him.