American Indian Walkers Braved Light Rain to Demonstrate Their Commitment to Sobriety

Christopher Shawa (right) helps lead the sobriety walk. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert

Published June 9, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS — Some two dozen American Indians and non-Native supporters braved light rain on Saturday morning, June 9, 2018, to participate in the 23rd Annual Native American Sobriety Walk along the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Canal Park to Riverside Park where the 39th Homecoming of the Three Fires Powwow is being held this weekend.

The walk was started in 1995 to bring attention to the devastating effects alcohol and drugs have on the local Grand Rapids American Indian community and for participants to declare their sobriety.

The 23rd Annual Native American Sobriety Walk was sponsored by the Anishinaabe Circle.

The light rain did not deter the walkers.


John Day (Potawatomi) carries eagle staff.


Elders joined the young to make a stand for sobriety among Grand Rapids American Indian community.


The 3.3-mile distance from Canal Park to Riverside Park took walkers through Grand Rapids city streets.

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