Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 17, 2014

Western Shoshone Walk on Sacred Land May 5 -- 11, 2014

Photo by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone
Long Walk 4 Western Shoshone land
Newene Sogobi Mava's Mia Walk on the Sacred Land 

May 5, 2014 - May 11, 2014
"This event is NOT a protest or a political event. It is about praying and blessing our Shoshone land. Everyone is welcome. Please tell your friends and help us get the word out!" -- Johnnie L. Bobb
After an initial orientation day Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Western Shoshone Walk & Run will begin at dawn May 5, 2014 and end on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Traveling a different route, the Walk-Run will start approximately 12 miles east of Austin at the intersection of Rte 50 and Hwy 376, travel south on Rte 376 to Hwy 6, and then move on to Rte 95 passing through Tonopah, Beatty, and ending at Mercury.
Every day the group will travel 40-45 miles by relay. Support vehicles will follow for safety and to carry supplies, water, and gear.
We will learn from each other about our land, our history, our language, our ancestors, our Native ways, and our reverence for water and all life.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 we'll review how we will proceed and assign tasks.
Monday, May 5, 2014, while we gather for the morning sunrise ceremony, the first runner will set out.
Look for us to be camped on the right side of the road. You can join up anywhere along the route and stay as long as you can.
We need runners, walkers, supporters to set up and break down camp, to cook, pack and clean up camp, run errands. We also need supporters with vehicles to transport relay runners and walkers and water, snacks, and other supplies.
All meals will be provided, but we will appreciate food to share. Bring your own camping supplies, tent, bedroll, lip balm, sun screen, extra socks, sturdy athletic shoes, towel, and cameras.
As in past years, we will be planting willows along the route with prayers for water and the health of the land.
Donations of cash, fuel, water, sport drinks, snacks, and food are needed and can be made to:
Johnnie L. Bobb
c/o Corporation of Newe Sogobia
PO Box 252
Austin, NV 89310
For more information call Johnnie at
775-964-2210 or email

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