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longest Walk 2: Thirty Years After Historic Cross-Country March, Thousands Walk From San Francisco to DC for Native American Rights

Thirty years ago, some 40,000 Native Americans and their supporters participated in a historic cross-country march called the Longest Walk to protest Congressional legislation that would have abrogated treaties protecting Native American Sovereignty. On Friday, thousands are expected to gather in Washington, DC after another five-month long journey across the country to draw attention to the state of the environment and press for the protection of sacred Native American sites. We speak with the co-founder of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks.

Thirty years after a historic cross-country march for Native American rights, thousands are gathering in Washington DC tomorrow after another historic march across the country. We"ll speak with the co-founder of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks. He began the walk in San Francisco five months ago and is arriving in the capital today.

Thirty years ago some 40,000 Native Americans and their supporters participated in a historic cross-country march called the Longest Walk. They marched from San Francisco to Washington DC to protest Congressional legislation that would have abrogated treaties protecting Native American Sovereignty. As a result 11 bills were defeated and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) of 1978 was passed.

This week marks the close of another cross-country march commemorating the original Longest Walk. Thousands are expected to gather in Washington, DC Friday after a five-month long journey across the country to draw attention to the state of the environment and press for the protection of sacred Native American sites.

Starting out on February 11th of this year participants walked, ran, camped, and picked up piles of uncollected trash along two routes across the country, from Alcatraz to the nation”s capital. Along the way they’ve compiled a list of demands from Native communities that will be delivered to Congressman John Conyers on Friday.

We’re joined now from Washington DC by veteran Native American activist, leader, and co-founder of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks. He is one of the organizers of this second Longest Walk.

Dennis Banks, Native American activist, leader, and co-founder of the American Indian Movement.

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