The Longest Walk of 1978

The Longest Walk of 1978 was initiated by Dennis Banks and conducted by the American Indian Movement with the strong support of Japan's Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii who worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi who called him Guruji.

The 30th anniversary Longest Walk memorial Sacred Run 2008 will take place from February 11 to April 22, 2008

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Indians begin 3,000-mile protest hike

Valley News

San Fernando Valley, California

Sunday February 12, 1978

Sacramento, Calif. -- Indians demonstrating against congressional legislation rallied Saturday before starting "the longest walk" -- a 3,000-mile, six-month protest walk to Washington, D.C.

"We are forced to walk for survival," American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks told a crowd of several hundreds across the street from the state Capitol. The rally and march were to protest bills in Congress that Banks and his supporters contend are anti-Indian. Twenty-four Indians plan to make the 3,000 mile trip, but they will be joined by supporters along the way.

Banks, who is wanted in South Dakota, said he could march only as far as the California-Nevada border, about 100 miles. Otherwise he risks arrest and return to South Dakota.

"Some of us can only walk so far," he said.

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