By Brenda Norrell
Sharon Heta, Maori from New Zealand, in top photo, has been on the walk since DC with her husband Michael Lane. They were joined by their twin daughters. The family also walked on Long Walk 2 northern route in 2008. With Sharon is Terri Szynkowski is Southern Cheyenne/Oklahoma Choctaw and was on the original 1978 Longest Walk when she was 10 years old.
That's a lot of woman power!
The walk is now in its final month of the five month walk from DC, and returning the sacred staffs to Alcatraz. The walkers will walk on through Shoshone country, on to Paiute lands, then on to Indian Nations in the Carson City area, before crossing the Sierra Nevadas into California. After Sacramento, the walkers arrive in Alcatraz on Dec. 21, with a ceremony on Dec. 22, 2013.