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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three Native Youths Ready to Walk Across America -- Again!

Three Native American Youths ready to walk across America -- again!

Starting point Monday, Feb. 14, 2011: Gresham, Oregon, Red Sunset Park, walk 9 am to noon; after lunch runners run till sundown.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
It is a great honor to share the news that these three Native American youths are ready to walk across America -- again! Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone from Nevada, Lisa Peake, Ojibwe/Pomo from Turtle Island, and Craig Luther, Navajo, from Utah.
Bad Bear is already in Portland, Oregon, getting ready for the Longest Walk 3 northern route for diabetes, along with coordinator Chris Francisco, Navajo from Shiprock, N.M.
Lisa Peake, shown as she was honored in DC for making it all the way across America on the Longest Walk 2 in 2008, is ready to walk across America again.
Craig Luther, Navajo, from Sanders, Arizona, joins his fellow walkers, along with Craig's father. Luther's family now lives in Richfield, Utah.
It was an honor to make the journey with these three Native American youth walkers on the Longest Walk 2 northern route. As cohost of the Longest Walk Talk Radio, along with Govinda from Earthcycles, we shared their stories.
Each of these walkers manifest beautiful qualities under very difficult conditions, walking and running in cold and rain, through times of little food and often sleeping on the ground in wet tents. They walked up to 16 miles a day across America in 2008.
Now, crossing America again, they face severe weather in Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas in the first months. The walk brings awareness to Indian country about diabetes, and the need for wholesome foods and exercise.
With few funds and supplies, the walkers on the northern route are ready to begin.
The Longest Walk northern route Honorarium Dinner is potluck style in Portland, on Sunday, February 13, from 6 pm - 9 pm, at 4737 NE Couch Street. The ceremony to begin the walk is in Gresham, Oregon, on Monday, February 14, at 8 am. It is at Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Drive. More information is available from Chris Francisco at (503) 515-6239 or Christina 'qui-qui' at (360) 241-6562
Longest Walk Northern Route for Diabetes:
Coordinator: Chris Francisco

(503) 515-6239
Photo copyrights: Bad Bear Sampson by Quiqui of De La Luna Photography; Lisa Peake by Brenda Norrell; Craig Luther by Brita Brookes.

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