Wounded Knee DeOcampo (l) and Johnella LaRose at Oakland Intertribal House
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA– JUN-SAN says “You, Indian people are the center. I will follow you.”
JUN-SAN is a Japanese Buddhist monk who has prayed while walking and chanting all across the country numerous times with Native American people. She has again organized a walk to the UN starting in Richmond, California March 20, 2015.
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the walk stopped at several shell mounds of the Ohlone and Miwok people in San Francisco. On Saturday they also stopped and had lunch in Golden Gate Park by the Conservatory of Flowers, then walked down and visited the buffalo that lived there and offered tobacco.
They were on their way to Oakland to the Intertribal Friendship House where we were tonight. There was a potluck feast tonight and learning about the shell mounds of the San Francisco Bay Area.
JUN-SAN has walked with American Indians on many long walks to seek justice
Japanese people and Native Americans have a long history of addressing the problems of nuclear development, they see problems with both, the fuel for nuclear power, and the weapons that are created.
Bill Wahpepah, the creator of The Intertribal Friendship House and who is in the spirit world now, was active in building a bridge between Japanese and Native Americans. He worked for the well -being of the future of Mother Earth during the 1970s and 1980s. At this time JUN-SAN came to the United States to help American Indian people and simultaneously work for world peace. She worked with Bill Wahpepah and walked with him on Peace Walks for years. Bill’s presence can be felt here at the Intertribal Friendship House and in these gathering of peoples from around the world and from many differing spiritual traditions who join together to say no to the poisoning of the Earth and the threatening of the peoples.
Wounded Knee DeOcampo says “We must thank the creator for this walk across Turtle Island to deliver a spiritual message to mankind, that we are in great danger of destroying precious mother earth with these nuclear power plants and nuclear waste.”
Johnella LaRose stated “Indian people and Japanese people have a shared history and that history is the nuclear industry.Both have suffered because of the production and proliferation of nuclear weapons we are here to take a stand and say No to nuclear power and the continued production of nuclear weapons. Leave uranium in the ground!”
special thanks to Nancy Delaney