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

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Norman ‘Taj Mahal’ Goggleye, Regina Quinones, Martin Jaquez

Published March 6, 2016

WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION – On Friday, the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs left Cibeque, Arizona and walked through 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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Martin Jaquez

The Longest Walk 5 left La Jolla, California on February 13, 2016 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 violence effect Indian Country.

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HON-DAH RESORT-CASINO BUS

The 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 collected.

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Walkers

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 Cibeque and White Mountain Apache people,” says Kid Valance, who the coordinator of the runners who are on the walk.

Kid Valance

Kid Valance

Orlando Vigil, National Coordinator for LW5 said,

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 We are way ahead of schedule and are supposed to arrive in Zuni On March 15, 2016. We will actually arrive a day early and the Zuni people are waiting for us with open arms. We have been slowing down in places and enjoying the hospitality of our hosts. Everyone has been hospitable and supportive along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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