Long Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz begins July 15, 2013

By Brenda Norrell

WASHINGTON DC -- The Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz begins on Monday, July 15, 2013, with a Sunrise Ceremony at the Washington Monument. As the walkers begin their five-month walk across America, they released an Affirmation of Sovereignty, and called for solidarity with Indigenous Peoples struggling throughout the Western Hemisphere to protect Mother Earth.

"At this time, as we prepare for our journey bringing the Sovereignty Staff to Alcatraz, we would like to remember the spirit of all those that helped bring that spiritual message across the land, and the words that reflected this in The Longest Walk 1978. It is called an Affirmation of Sovereignty of the Indigenous People of the Western Hemisphere. When we Walk we start with this affirmation in our thoughts and prayers," the walkers said on Sunday night.

Lisa Peake, Anishinabe/Pomo, and Craig Luther, Dine', will be walking across America for the third time. The  Native American youths walked across America on Long Walk 2 and Long Walk 3. Among those arriving in DC over the weekend to begin the walk are Sharon Heta, Maori, and her husband Michael Lane, a walker in the original 1978 walk. Arriving from Minnesota were Mark Blue and Kyle Guthrie. Joining Craig to walk across America is his father, Navajo Chris Martin, from Navajoland in Arizona.

The walkers said, "This Walk is not just for the Indian Nations of the United States. This Walk is for all Indigenous Nations and Peoples that continue to seek and assert affirmations of sovereignty compatible with their spiritual and cultural beliefs and values. We are hoping that those, whether they be Indigenous Nations, groups, individuals or non-Indigenous allies, that  believe in Indigenous Sovereignty will take the time to read the original The Longest Walk manifesto, and will also write us a message of their own issues relating to Indigenous Sovereignty so that we might include them in our journey."
 
"At this time we would like to acknowledge the Oskapewis (Helpers) Walk toward the mountains of what is called Alberta. They too have been walking in their own way to support the Indigenous understanding of Treaties and affirming the traditional sources of Indigenous Sovereignty. We acknowledge and honor the Two Row Wampum Renewal PeaceWalk and Canoe happening in the territories of the Haudenosaunee, who have long upheld their Haudenosaunee vision of sovereignty, based on their spiritual ways and embodied in the Great Law of Peace and recognized by European nation-states, as a form of legal sovereignty."
 
"It is our hope that those reading this will extend their support to all of these endeavours and those on the front lines in protecting the practice of Indigenous Sovereignty, from the Micmaw, trying to stop fracking, to those trying to stop the desecration of the tar sands and resultant pipelines in Great Turtle Island, to those in Amazon blockading mining development on their lands, to those in Aotearoa trying to stop oil drilling in their waters, and everywhere else that Indigenous Peoples are trying to protect their lands, waters and ways."
 
Meanwhile on Havasupai land in the Grand Canyon, where Supai are battling new uranium mining, Supai Waters sent a message.
 
"It's very simple  all you have to do is first heal your bodies then you can heal the earth through your spirituality and your holy beliefs. I am but one man and a warrior medicine man for all nations every tribe in the Americas are my people. Not one of you is left out of my prayers." Supai Water said.
 
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Message from Supai Waters
 
 
Photos: Lisa Peake, Anishinabe/Pomo, in DC at the end of Long Walk 2. (2) Craig Luther, Dine', at the Ute Indian Museum in southern Colorado on Long Walk 2. (3) Women's Walk to Sand Creek Massacre site, Colorado, Long Walk 2. Photos by Brenda Norrell
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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.