Longest Walk 5 Mission
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 in Indian communities and communities across the nation.
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. Once we reach our data goal and 13,000 mile walk we will begin to prepare are presentation to health clinics across the nation!
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 each other. We must continue in that same spirit and halt the flow of drugs and violence into our communities to remain strong. This has become a major epidemic! Victory shall dwell in the house of unity, to those that follow that spirit.
It 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.
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.
LW5 Founder - Dennis Banks
LW5 Executive Director - Carol Collins
LW5 CF0 - Bobby Wallace
LW5 Consultant/ Team leader - Paul Komarek
LW5 Data Analytics Team Leader - Jessica Sutterlict
LW5 2016 Walk Leader Dennis Banks/ Chief Harry Kindness
National Coordinator - Orlando Vigil
Run Captain – Kid Valance
Student Leader – Kelli Herr
Official Photographer - Mario Pasho - 315 632 8843
LW5 2017 & 2018 Walk Leader Bobby Wallace
Run Captain – Kid Valance
Spirit Walk 2022 Walk Leader - Darla Banks
The Walk would not be possible with out the walkers, runners, hosts and organizers!
We express are gratitude for all of the in-kind and cas donations!