Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs Makes it Way to White Mountain Apache Land

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Published March 6, 2016

WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION – On Friday, the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs left Cibeque, Arizona and walked to the White Mountain Apache land. The long walkers are walking for a drug free existence and to put an end to domestic violence among American Indians.

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The Longest Walk 5 left La Jolla, California on February 14 and maintain a walking prayer with walkers and runners all the way to Washington D.C., where the walk is scheduled to arrive on July 15, 2016.

American Indian Movement co-founder, Dennis Banks, is guiding this walk (prayer) because he has seen first hand how drugs and domestic violene effect Indian Country.

hon dah resortThe Longest Walk 5 was greeted warmly by tribal officials of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The Tribe’s casino, Hon-dah Casino Resort, is lending shuttle service for long walkers and runners. The Hope Center is supporting the walk by providing a place to sleep, shower and eat. They have also offered participants of the walk clothes that they collect.

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Even though the Tribe is dealing with tragedy of a death and attempted suicide, it has been more than generous showing support of the Longest Walk 5.

“It’s been 20 years since I ran through here, but I remember the warmth of the Cybeque and White Mountain Apache people,” says Kid Valance, who the coordinator of the runners who are on the walk.

 

 

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