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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor issues Longest Walk proclamation

Lance Simmens, special assistant to Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, reads a proclamation from the governor to the Longest Walk Northern Route at the West Virginia and Pennsylvania border today, June 11, 2008 at 2 pm. Photo Brenda Norrell (Please double click to enlarge.)

By Brenda Norrell
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PENNSYLVANIA/WEST VIRGINIA BORDER -- Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell issued a Longest Walk proclamation today, June 11, and welcomed the Longest Walk northern route. Lance Simmens, special assistant to the governor, met the Long Walkers at the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border and issued the welcome and proclamation.

Describing it as a walk to bring attention to Indian rights and environmental issues, Gov. Rendell said, "You walk for the Native American youth, for peace, for justice, for the healing of Mother Earth, for the healing of people suffering from diabetes, heart conditions, alcoholism, drug addiction and other diseases."

Gov. Rendell said, "Through the elements of the seasons, you all shall walk through the rain, snow, over mountains, high winds, through the heat and cold, and nothing shall deter you from completing your mission -- All Life is Sacred, Protect Sacred Sites."

"The cultural fabric of our nation has been woven from the proud histories and traditions of our citizens. It is this diversity that makes the freedoms of expression and association we enjoy as Americans so extraordinary. By celebrating and embracing our own unique heritage, we uphold the principles and ideals of liberty, equality and democracy."

"As you walk with those who share your common ancestry, you reaffirm a bond of mutual understanding and respect and gain a greater appreciation for your past. The advancements and pioneering achievements of Native Americans has distinguished them as leaders and strong advocates for the environment and for human rights. This proud event in Native American history defines the spirit of its citizens and represents a strong relationship with the people of America."

The Longest Walk Northern Route left Ohio today, where Columbus Ohio police earlier attacked the Long Walkers, leaving two, Luv the Mezenger and Marie Littlemoon, with minor injuries. Police pointed a taser between the eyes of walker Michael Lane, who is on the walk with his wife, Sharon Heta, Maori, and their children.

Penn. Gov. Rendell's representative met the walkers at the border with the proclamation, which said, "Welcome to Pennsylvania!

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