A Dennis Banks Movement for the Seventh Generation
UPDATE We are proud to announce that in 2018 we exceeded the amount of data collected in the two previous years combined. Once all the surveys are accounted for we will begin the preparation of analysing and converting the raw data. NEW UPDATE The walkers, Bobby, Harry, Kid, Frank, Ferdinand, Gilbert, Kim, Tony and Tyler have made it to DC to honor one of the last wishes of Dennis Banks aka Nowa Cumig! Please express your gratitude with us. The leadership team will now concentrate on fundraising and the extensive preparation for the presentation to Congress.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT The Longest Walk 5, is extremely proud to announce that we have exceeded our data collection goal and achieved our 10,000 mile walk ahead of schedule. The appointed LW5 team members in consideration of our progress and financial responsibility have come to the decision that the walkers will continue to DC ahead of the previously planned schedule to complete this phase of the campaign. On behalf of my father, I would like to express immense gratitude towards Walk Chief, Bobby Wallace, Chief Harry Kindness, Kid Valance and Paul Komarek for their complete dedication to the goal of the walk. The LW5.3 walkers, Bobby, Harry, Kid, Frank, Ferdinand, Gilbert, Kim, Tony and Tyler currently are in route for an early arrival into DC to honor one of his last wishes before moving on to the final phase of the campaign. The leadership team will then concentrate on fundraising, preparation, and the presentation to Congress.
We want to thank all of the walkers, hosts and communities along the path that helped make this phase of the campaign a success. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support as we focus on fundraising and the extensive preparation for the presentation to Congress. Carol Collins Executive Director
“And the word was said, “The importance of this walk, is data, data, data!!!!" This year we will surely have doubled the amount of data from the past two years combined, and have reached the threshold. The overall consensus is we need help in this home we call Turtle Island. The people are suffering from drug abuse and domestic violence in a huge way, and if there is no funding for those who need help, it will surely get worse. It is not rocket science.”
Thank you to all the Tribes, Villages, Communities, Townships, Schools, and the diligent people who made this happen to date.”
LW5 Chief Bobby Wallace
PROGRESS REPORT The Longest Walk 5 has completed the final phase of a three year, 10,000 mile historic walk across America seeking solutions to drug abuse and domestic violence. We have collected more than the necessary amount of data to begin the preparation for our presentation to Congress.
We are making a difference and need your continued support!
We would like to formally invite you to join us as we complete the Longest Walk 5. This was the 5th Longest Walk, and the final Longest Walk organized by Dennis Banks before passing the staff to Chief Bobby Wallace. The 3rd phase will begin on February 16th in Blaine, WA and take the Northern route to complete 10,000 mile walk.
“America is caught in the eye of a monster drug storm and violence and it is devastating our communities. 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. Victory shall dwell in the house of unity, to those that follow that spirit. Throughout this journey we seek cultural solutions on why we hurt and abuse ourselves and others. We bring people together to discuss the issues, raise awareness, gather information and make a plan of action to turnaround these disturbing statistics.”
We walk with the help of many communities and gather hard data to aid our mission.
The scars of White Clay can began to heal now that the Supreme Court ruled the liqueur stores to remain closed. Dad, often laughed that after years of Russ and him protesting, and several other advocates, Bobby Wallace led the Longest Walk 5.2 to White Clay and got a response. He shared the story often and would pull out the newspaper article he kept in his wallet.
It was an honor and validation of the mission to be invited to present the Walks findings at American Public Health Association Convention last year. The convention is attended by thousands of public health professionals including past surgeons generals, State and Tribal leaders and heads of health organizations around the world. The focus was on the process of the data collection, outcomes, policy recommendations, and next steps for the Walk presented by our Chief and Health team.
Chief Bobby Wallace was invited to represent LW5 in the 7 Generations Walk in Japan this November.Run Captain, Kidd Valance was invited to Australia to participate in Walkatjurra organized to protest the destruction of Aboriginal land by mining. These accomplishments made Dennis proud and we will continue to honor his vision and mission.
We look forward to collaborating with you! We will walk any distance to help find solutions!