Published September 12, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS—Some 50 American Indians braved a late summer 50-degree morning on Saturday, September 12, 2015, to participate in the 20th Annual Sobriety Walk along the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Canal Park to Riverside Park where the Grand Valley Lodge Powwow is being held this weekend.
The annual walk commemorates those who choose to live alcohol-free and drug-free lives.
Dale Anderson exhorts crowd to walk the Red Road
“We know we did not become addicted overnight. It takes time,” said Dale Anderson, 65, an elder and tribal citizen of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, who celebrated 23 years of sobriety earlier this year. “Sometimes it takes time to stop drinking, but it is important to keep trying.”
Anderson spoke to those gathered prior to the 2.8 mile walk to the powwow grounds.
The 20th Annual Sobriety Walk was sponsored by the Anishinaabe Circle. Drumming was provided by the Grand Rapids community drum.
Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert