The Longest Walk 2 Takes Oklahoma By Storm
By Brenda Golden, Native
Times, MAY 14, 2008
Tulsa, OK - The Longest Walk 2 (LW2)
Southern Route forged ahead through pouring rain and
thunderstorms this week to reach Tulsa since reaching
Oklahoma on May 3, 2008.
LW2 began their journey on February
11, 2008 from San Francisco, California, to cross the
United States on the 30-year anniversary of the Longest
Walk of 1978. Walkers include American Indian tribal
members from all over the nation, and international
participants such as the Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhists
CUTLINE: Welcoming the Longest Walkers----
Native Americans from the Tulsa community gave participants
from the Longest Walk and Oklahoma welcome with song
and food. The Longest Walkers camped out at the Tulsa
Creek Community Center May 7,8 and 9th to rest up before
they continued their trip to Washington D.C. to bring
attention to Indian rights and environmental issues.
Shown here are members of the Tulsa Indian Club, Inc.
singing War Journey Songs to send the walkers off in
a good way. After the meal provided by dozens of Creek
Indian women, the walkers were treated to a stomp dance.
They will stop next in Tahlequah, OK. (Photo by Andra
Every day since February 11, these walkers
and runners begin their day at 7:00 am heading east.
In the last week while inclement weather raged in Oklahoma
this group of 70 to 80 participants has traveled across
this state by foot on their way to Washington DC.
Following a two-day rest in Tulsa at
the Tulsa Creek Indian Community Center, LW2 is getting
up to begin the trek to Tahlequah where they will camp
at the Cherokee Nation Cultural/Powwow Grounds on Friday
May 9 and Saturday May 10. The group plans to camp there
by Sequoyah High School on HWY 62 for the weekend courtesy
of the Cherokee Nation through the morning of Sunday
"We want to spend a few extra days
in the heart of green country," said Michael Rojas,
coordinator of LW2, "the Walkers and Runners soak
up the energy of the natural environment."
The group will pack up at 7:00 am on
Sunday May 11 and head southeast on Hwy 59/259 to Sallisaw,
Poteau and Broken Bow and out of Oklahoma by midday
Wednesday May 14.
Coordinators wish to thank everyone
for the great hospitality exhibited to LW2 across Oklahoma
since their arrival in Canton last weekend. LW2 encourages
friendly visits to the campsites to socialize, pray,
drum, sing or dance with the Walkers at each stop.
The Longest Walk 2 is walking to create
awareness about the environment. They are walking to
protect sacred sites in our country and to promote positive
change in our world.
For more information about the Longest
Walk Southern Route, contact Michael Rojas at (510)
338-8694 and Larry BringingGood at (209) 242-1162 and
on the web at: http://www.longestwalk.org and the southern
route information is at: