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Longest Walk 2 at the Tree Sit
The Longest Walk 2 stopped at the Oak Grove tree sit to show thier support for native Burial Sites just before starting on a five month walk across the US.
The Longest Walk 2 has begun. before the official beginning many participants rallied at the Oak Grove. They asked that all sacred sites and burial grounds of Native-Americans be preserved. They also asked for the bones of tens of thousands of native people be returned and no longer held in basements at UC Berkeley. The walkers and Oak Grove supporters gathered for speakers, prayers and mutual support. Then the police allowed the crowd into a part of the Oak grove for a few minutes to lay sacred herbs at the foot of a 200-year-old oak tree. The events at the grove ended and a rally at Sproul plaza began; to publicize the walk and to demand the return of Native-American bones and artifacts.
Tree Sit organizers speak to the crowd as tree sitters perch on branch in background.
Native-American and tree sit organizer Running Wolf speaks.
Native Americans from the walk speak in front of the fence around the Grove.
Longest Walk organizer burns sacred sage.
Another walk organizer speaks.
March to the grove, Japanese monks who will go on the walk.
Grandmother Oak tree - 200 years old, as old as the US as a country.
People gather in a circle around the old oak.
People honor the oak while a tree sitter look on fron the branche of a redwood tree.
Tree sitters in a redwood tree watch the ceremony.
Japanese monks and others lay herbs oround the old tree.
Laying herbs around the old tree and connecting with it.
One last person takes her time to pay respects to the tree.
A Native walker speaks at the Sproul Rally.
A diverse crowd attended the rally.
Rally at Sproul for the return of Native remains.
Dennis Banks, walk organizer speaks, "We love this land. Long after America has been destroyed we will continue to love it."
Longest Walk 2 and daughter at the Mic.
Native-Americans at the rally.