Longest Walk 5.2 at Prairie Band Potawatomi is Blessed With Care

Carla Youngbear

Carla Youngbear

Published May 19, 2017

MAYETTA, KANSAS – Carla Youngbear of the Prarie Band Potawatomi Nation greeted Longest Walk 5.2 with open arms overflowing with love.

Dale Weber and Dorothy Neosh, Menomonee Nation

Dale Weber and Dorothy Neosh, Menomonee Nation

Dale Weber and Dorothy Neosh traveled from the Menomonee Nation in Wisconsin to assist the Longest Walkers.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi had a weeks worth of activities and meetings planned for The Longest Walk 5.2.

Starting Friday May 5, the Longest Walk 5.2 walked and rolled onto the Powwow grounds. Prairie Band members fed the walkers dinner that night and every night of their stay.

Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7 – Some members of Longest Walk 5.2  went to AIHREA Powwow while others took care of themselves relaxing and enjoying the dinners supplied by Prairie Band Potawatomi.

Monday May 8, 8-10 am-PBP (Prarie Band Potawatomi) Health Clinic- Coffee and Tea Get Together, talk about issues with diabetes program for Prarie Band members and how they are handling it.

Blue river Forest School instructors from Overland Park, Kansas shared about the native edible and medicinal plants of Kansas with Longest Walk 5.2 Walkers bringing awareness on important issues that families on reservations are dealing with. Blue River Forest School

Kelly Daniels, Sam Daniels, Ben Daniels and Alex Bornstein from Blue River Forest School

Kelly Daniels, Sam Daniels, Ben Daniels and Alex Bornstein from Blue River Forest School

Meet with children from Blue River school.

Tues. May 9 10:00 am-12:00 pm PBP Behavior Health Program. Meet with the Alcohol and Drug Program.

Dinner and movie.

5:00-6:00  Veteran Chris Turley speaks on his experience.

6:00 – 7:00 Presentation by Longest Walk 5.2

Wednesday May 10, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Haskell Light House, Lawrence, Kansas, Light Lunch and Presentation by Longest Walk 5.2.

Norman Wasson and Carl 'Bad Bear" Sampson at Haskell Lighthouse

Norman Wasson and Carl ‘Bad Bear” Sampson at Haskell Lighthouse

2:00-4:00 Haskell Cultural Center and Museum tour.

6:00 pm Dinner at Powwow grounds.

Thursday May 11, 1:15-2:30 pm Presentation at Elder Center, 2:30-3:30 pm Language Department, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Social Round Dance Potluck. Drumming by Little Soldier.


The Prairie Band Potawatomi are a warm and giving people. One of the Longest Walkers met the Tribal Council Chairperson, Steve Ortiz, a few years ago and was given a lavish meal. In the same manner the tribe was more than generous with members of Longest Walk 5.2.

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