Brenda Bishop and Jeremiah Arkel hosted the Longest Walk 5
Published June 18, 2016
LUGOFF, SOUTH CAROLINA – Longest walkers Kenneth Reid, Tyrus White, Donald Banks and Felicia Roastingear met Brenda Bishop (Micmaq and Passamaquody) and Jeremiah Arkel, a flintknapp expert, at a powwow in North Carolina. During conversation it came up that Long Walk 5 walkers and runners needed a place to stay for a week. Dennis Banks was called and all the arangements for Brenda and Jeremiah to host them on their land called “Land of 2 Sands” were made.
Land of 2 Sands is a retreat in Lugoff, South Carolina. It was created in the year 2009 by Brenda Bishop. Jeremiah serves as the assistant director. The motto of this Spiritual Center is “Together Not The Same.” This motto runs parallel to how the long walkers on the Longest Walk 5 are all working ‘together’ to bring awareness about the dangers of drug use to Indian Country and beyond. These problems are ‘not the same’ or they are different for each individual user.
The long walkers, as they were treated like relatives out of natural reciprocity, did what they could for the Land Of 2 Sands.. Longest Walk 5 helpers, replaced the kitchen floor, built a new outdoor shower, wood shed and tent cover. William Knapp, Tony Mejia, and Windy Rivers were instrumental in the new constructions.
The Longest Walk 5 began on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in La Jolla, California, near San Diego, its journey across the southern portion of the United States and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2016.