Northern, southern routes converge to deliver manifesto
Banks, flanked by a crowd of walkers, delivered a manifesto to Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., in a park near the Capitol building.
The manifesto specifically mentioned health, environmental exploitation, poverty and Native mascots as ongoing issues.
Sixteen resolutions in the manifesto asked Congress to enact legislation to protect Native sacred sites, ensure Native consent and sovereignty over actions affecting their lands, and halt resource exploitation and environmental damage in the Arizona Peaks, Pilot Knob, Glen Cove, the Colorado River, Black Mesa and Desert Rock.
A call for improved Indian health services, the ratification of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, federal recognition for the Houma Tribe, freedom for Leonard Peltier and the establishment of an Environmental Bill of Rights were among the other resolutions.
Musical harmony caps the Longest Walk II
Several bands and individual musicians were on hand to perform at the closing ceremonies of the Longest Walk II, held in the shadow of the nation's Capitol July 12 and 13. The event took place in recognition of the original 1978 American Indian Movement Longest Walk for Native Rights.
Bloodline is set to soon release a full-length album and is currently seeing its music rotated on a growing number of rock stations nationwide.
The group decided to join Longest Walk II for its closing events to help spread awareness of the mission. In their effort, the band premiered a song especially for the movement called "My Blood, My Sweat, My Tears." Anthony, a member of the Navajo Nation, said that they will be playing the song on an upcoming airing of the popular "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" late night show.
Now that Rep. Conyers has the manifesto, will we ever hear of it again? I'd have to guess no.