Longest Walk 5 is a search and rescue party. Its goal is to bring healing to America.
"The issues facing our people and the issues facing our Earth are connected. They both arise from the kind of thinking that does not value people or the Earth."
-- Dennis Banks
Many health issues facing Native Americans connect with the after-effects of historical trauma. Countless other Americans also suffer the effects of trauma -- and we all feel the effects of the damage inflicted on our Earth.
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 Longest Walk 5 Community Team understands the challenge ahead.
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.
What We Are Learning
The team collected data as the Walk progressed across the United States. Download our preliminary report.