Published February 18, 2016
PALM SPRINGS – Into its sixth day, the Longest Walk 5 – Passed through Palm Springs on Thursday afternoon, Febr uary 18, 2016, in Palm Springs with some 125 people as it walks across America to declare war on drugs usage among American Indians.
The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs left LaJolla, California on Saturday morning and will walk across the southern part of the United States and will arrive in Washington, DC on July 15, 2016.
“Yesterday, we ran out of water and had to call for more bottles of water,” Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, told Native News Online. “As we move into the dessert, we will need more water.”
Banks, who has been involved with previous Longest Walks, stops at Indian reservations in Indian Country. At each reservation, he makes a stump speech about the ill effects of drug usage among American Indians. He also links drug usage with the high levels of violence against Native women. Banks lost a granddaughter, who had been involved in a domestic violent relationship, last late year.
Levi Rickert contributed to this article from Chicago.
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