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The Longest Walk

February 16 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

An invitation from the American Indian Movement and Lummi Nation:

This event is open to the public and anyone who is interested in participated is encouraged to do so.  This leg of the national walk will start at the Peace Arch in Blaine and end up at the Lummi Tribal offices on the reservation (2665 Kwina Rd. 3rd turn in the roundabout then two streets down on the right).  You are invited to participate in the entire walk, meet up at some point along the way for a partial walk, or meet the walkers about 12:00 pm at the Tribal offices.

Peach State Park, Blaine, WA
February 16, 10 AM Opening Ceremony

There will be other legs throughout the State of Washington (as well as the nation).  For more information on this event, please visit:  http://www.longestwalk.us.

Our Mission is to walk across this country on foot seeking ways to halt drug abuse and domestic violence. We will continue to call attention to and seek guidance on the issues that are causing devastation on Indian Reservations and communities in the United States.

Along the journey we will work with communities, hold gatherings and collect information on ways to heal our people and the earth in an attempt to get the bigger picture of the issues.  The information will be used to help determine what we must do to help halt this devastation. This effort will help prepare a new generation of Native leaders and community leaders to help guide us to a better future.

We need to stand united on all the issues Native Americans and America faces today. To do so we must have a strong society. Standing Rock proved we can come together to aid to each other. We must continue in that same spirit and halt the flow of drugs and violence into our communities to remain strong. Along the route we will help clean up Mother Earth. Victory shall dwell in the house of unity, to those that follow that spirit.

The Longest Walk 5 is a kind of search party, part of a rescue mission to heal America from the effects of drugs, violence, suicide, self-harm, and harm to the Earth. The path to healing trauma is finding safety, reckoning with what has happened, and reconnecting with community. Spirituality and community values are critical elements of trauma recovery. Throughout the Walk we hold community events and forums to gather information. As we walk we pick up trash and pray. The path to healing trauma is finding safety, reckoning with what has happened, and reconnecting with community. Spirituality and community values are critical elements of trauma recovery. Throughout the Walk and in community events, the team will explore aspects of spirituality and traditional values that are especially important for Native Americans, and resonate across cultures. We need devoted and passionate walkers.

Our goal is to create a coalition of mentors across the country to help us practice the way of the warrior class. All too often we forget that our individual lives are part of a bigger picture and we are all affected by one another on some level. When you practice the warrior code of ethics you have more self-worth and strength to face challenges. We must all respect the code to create a healthier society. The mentors will help us to learn to practice the code so it once again becomes the way of life.

 The research from the walk will guide us in the creating of a model treatment center that practices the many ways of healing we have learned from the walk. The biggest lesson we have learned is that we all hurt and heal in our own personal way. That is why it is so important to have treatment centers across the lands that incorporate the many treatments proven to work.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson

Details

Date:
February 16
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.longestwalk.us/

Organizer

Lummi Nation
Website:
http://www.lummi-nsn.org/

Venue

Peace Arch Park
123 2nd St.
Blaine, WA 98230 United States
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