Warm Welcome from Soboba for the Longest Walk 5 War on Drugs

As we entered  the Soboba Reservation we were brought to tears,  these were tears of joy as it was moving to see the entire Soboba community lining the streets waving the Soboba banner as they cheered on the runners and walkers as they entered the reservation. We were truly welcomed with open arms.

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In the evening we had an amazing  dinner prepared by our Soboba sisters. During dinner we were serenaded by the Bird Singers and  enjoyed seeing the native dancers carry on our beautiful traditions of honor songs and dance. We also came together to pray for those that are incarcerated, as we know that the power of prayer, our medicine, is profound. We love them and will keep them in our prayers, and hope that they come back to their home, and to their native ways.

The kindness and respect that our brothers and sisters showed us was heartfelt. Dennis Banks stated, “that we need to show respect for all life and we need to walk in a good way.” Today we walked in a good way as a cohesive, loving, and supportive community.

The sun most definitely shone upon us at the Soboba reservation. Today was a good day to be a native.


Pictures courtesy of Patricia Montes Gregory

A special thanks to Chairman Robert Martin Morongo Band of Mission Indians for his assistance in the reporting of this event.

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