Saturday, May 3, 2008

Longest Walk II Crossing Oklahoma

The Longest Walk 1978 - 2008



The Longest Walk 2 Southern Route is organized and led by American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis J. Banks, elders and original 1978 Walkers. Eighty to one hundred of these walkers will be traveling by foot across Oklahoma from May 3 to May 13 on their way to Washington DC from San Francisco, California.

Walkers include American Indian tribal members from all over the nation, and many International participants. The Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhists from Japan have been walking with The Longest Walk 2 - Southern Route and will continue to through Oklahoma.

Communities in Oklahoma welcoming the Longest Walk 2-Southern Route are: May 3rd in Canton, May 5th in Kingfisher, May 6th in Perkins, May 6th in Tulsa, May 9th Tahlequah, May 10th Vian/Sallisaw, May 11 in Poteau, May 12th in Octavia and May 13th in Broken Bow.

A benefit dance for Dennis Banks and Don Hatch is being held at the Watonga Cheyenne &Arapaho Community Center on Saturday, May 3 with ground dancing at 2:00 pm, Supper at 4:00 pm with dancing to follow. Viola Hatch, children and grandchildren are sponsors of the Benefit Dance Honoring Dan Hatch and Dennis Banks. For more information about the dance, contact Ms. Viola Hatch at (580) 886-3472.

The purpose of the Southern route is to continue and carry the message from the Longest Walk of 1978: "The Longest Walk is an Indian spiritual walk, a historical walk; and it is a walk for educational awareness to the American and the world communities about the concerns of American Indian people." 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.

The Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism (TICAR) is pleased to support and welcome The Longest Walk in Tulsa on May 7 and 8th. The Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Traditions (SPIRIT) is also pleased to offer support for the Longest Walk II while they are in Oklahoma.

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: and the southern route information is at:

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