Dennis Banks (left) leads Longest Walk 3 – Reversing Diabetes to the White House in July 2011. Photo by Levi Rickert
Published September 5, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN —Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, has announced he will lead the “Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs,” along a three-thousand mile route from California to Washington, D.C.
“Because of the extremely high rate of suicides, and other drug-related deaths, I am issuing a state of war declaration between the American Indian Movement and drugs across America. The deaths are at a pandemic stage,” stated Banks in a news release issued on Thursday from Grand Rapids.
The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs will begin on February 13, 2016 in La Jolla, California and end in Washington, DC on July 15, 2016.
“Today, I announce a walk across America to draw attention to and seek guidance on drug-related issues that are causing devastation on Indian reservations and communities in the United States,” stated Banks, who has been involved in several Longest Walks since 1978.
The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs will visit several American Indian reservations and communities as it makes its way to Washington, DC. At various stops, Banks will meet with tribal officials and other American Indians involved in substance abuse issues in Indian Country.
Orlando Vigil will serve as the national coordinator of the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs.