Polluck Pines, California-Woundedknee DeOcampo a.k.a. ‘Wounded’ is a member of the Miwok tribe. He and his wife Linda DeOcampo welcomed Longest Walk 5.2 into their home to wait out the snow storm that laid ten inches of white magic on the mountain pass that they had to cross.
Wounded has been on every one of The Longest Walk including the first one in 1978. He has been involved supporting, leading, and re-building his and ‘all our relations’ indigenous ways all over the nation. Linda has been by his side supporting him and encouraging him to help the people.
The Longest Walk 5.2 had 20 people that needed housing. The Miwok tribe opened their gym in the valley and Wounded opened his house on the mountain and the walkers rotated between the two so everyone could experience the healing of both venues. Linda not only cooked for all the walkers and runners in her house but she even cooked and brought food to some of the crew tending and watching over the trailers, vehicles and gear.
Wounded Knee questioned the role of the new Trump administration. He asked, “What are you going to do when they come for you in the morning?”. Referring to immigrants, people protecting sacred sights and all people.
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