Navajo Nation welcomed Longest Walk #2

Leupp, Arizona (NNCD) 4-08

The walkers began their trip onto the Navajo Nation during the early morning hours from the STAR school near Leupp during April.

Walker (Birdsprings/Leupp/Tolani Lake) explained that the Navajo Nation is grateful for their efforts to advocate for the environment, which is the foundation of Navajo culture.

Navajo Council Delegate Thomas Walker, Jr. welcomed participants of the Longest Walk 2 to the Navajo Nation on behalf of the 21st Navajo Nation Council.

Walker presented the group with a Navajo Nation flag, which they appreciated.

Joshua Lavar Butler, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker, presented the group with a Navajo Nation proclamation from the honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan as well.

Speaker Morgan issued this proclamation on Feb. 19 in support of this event that began from Alcatraz, Calif., and will end in Washington, D.C. The group is walking to advocate for environmental protection and for Native American rights.

Speaker Morgan issued the proclamation to encourage people to participate and support the historic event.

In the proclamation, Speaker Morgan stated that on behalf of the 21st Navajo Nation Council, protecting Native American sovereignty and commemorating the first Longest Walk 30 years earlier in support of all treaties dealing with sovereignty of Indian Nations must be respected.

Organizers have touted the event as stating they want to “raise awareness about the planetary crisis by walking to reconnect with the land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices.”

The Longest Walk 2 follows two routes, a northern and a southern route, that will cover more than 8,000 miles in total. Participants will be stopping each evening in communities along the way, as people from all over the world will be joining the walk with its peaceful and spiritual call to action to protect Mother Earth and defend human rights.