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 from Japan.

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 Black)

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 May 11.

"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:
http://www.longestwalk.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=43&Itemid=111





 


        


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