I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Julian Rodriguez,Jr. (Pala/Kupa, who's personal financial support eased tremendously the hardships of us all), Mike Shortey (Dine), Carl BadBear Sampson (Paiute/WesternShoshone), & Roy Murphy (Muckleshoot/Seabird) who, as Veteran Longest Walkers, knew the Spiritual obligation to Dennis & the LW5 Walk to cover these miles "...on foot". These Warriors stepped up on short & sudden notice despite obligations to their families, their clans, their Nations and their loved ones. They suffered much~pains&strains & sweat&sprains, irregular&infrequent showers sometimes wearing the same dirty clothes after getting a shower~ much discomfort generally (probably much similar to the 1978 Walk, I imagine) to cover sometimes more than 20 miles per day each to make this happen. I also want to express my appreciation to The Leonard Peltier Committee members for their support & appreciation to Dennis Banks by allowing us to speak at their anniversary event for Leonard Peltier & to the March for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in Rapid City for their embodiment of the ideals the American Indian Movement has always stood for & the good medicine they brought to our Walk. I am absolutely certain that, without the efforts & sacrifices of all of the above to do this Walk in a good way, "The Long Walk to Leech Lake for Nawacomig" could never have arrived in time to join the "Run Around Leech Lake" sponsored by the Banks family & the Tribe to honor Dennis Banks & his life of service to improve the conditions for existence of all Indian Peoples. The debt of gratitude due to them for having helped to heal & complete this Circle cannot be articulated in words so I will only say:
"Miigwich ~ Chi Miigwich".... LEONARD SEABOLT
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June27, 2018~ The following day we participated in an event for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Children & Men organized by Sage Trudell (John Trudell's daughter). This included many people speaking of their currently disappeared loved ones & the anguish of not knowing where they are or what may have happened to them. Following the speaking of many, the entire group walked through Rapid City led by Traditional Drum & Singers & Eagle Staffs carried led by Delbert High Hawk to Art Alley where a mural had been painted on a wall which all were invited to put up a name of any victimized loved one & to which I added Rose Downwind. Following this event we all loaded up & headed north to complete our Long Walk Home to Leech Lake for Nawacomig.
June 26, 2018~ We all enjoyed our short break
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We made it into N.D.from Montana yesterday
We are on break from the Walk for a few days, getting much needed rest for sore muscles(BadBear), blistered toes(MikeShortyr), strained ankles(me) & tiredness generally. Julian was so inspired by us all getting our miles in,.he walked couple times ystrdy even tho he shouldn't have (he needs new brace). He is now looking for a Hot Spring for all of us to soak.