Longest Walk 4 in Vallejo on Wednesday.
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ALCATRAZ ISLAND — The “Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz” makes its way to the end of its cross-country journey with a ceremony on Alcatraz Island that sits on the San Francisco Bay.
American Indians have been going to Alcatraz Island every Thanksgiving since 1975
The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz was initiated by those on the original The Longest Walk in 1978. It began on July 15, 2013 in Washington D.C. and will arrives today at Alcatraz on December 21, 2013.
The purpose of this Walk has been to reaffirm the heart of traditional tribal sovereignty rooted in ceremony and land based spiritual relationships.
On Wednesday, members of the board of directors for Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes welcomed the Spiritual Walkers of the Longest Walk 4 into Vallejo, California.
At Vallejo, the spiritual walkers were hosted by Kay Flavell of New Pacific Studio during their visit to Vallejo. They arrived at Sogorea Te mid-day December 18th for prayer and ceremony to remember the ancestors. Wounded Knee DeOcampo and Jonnella LaRose of SSP&RIT spoke of the 109 day occupation and conducted a short tour of the site.
“Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes is grateful for the generous donation of New Pacific Studio.” says Public Relations Officer Angel Heart.