The Trail of Broken Promises Walk


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The Wetlands Preservation Organization is planning to walk from Haskell Indian Nations University to Washington D.C. this summer. This is to promote protection of sacred sites across Indian Country. We will be representing the wetlands behind our school, but we encourage other groups to speak for their lands. Together our voices are stronger.

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The Trail of Broken Promises Walk

  1. 1. Trail of BrokenPromises WalkMay 2012The Wetlands Preservation Organization
  2. 2. • We leave May 13, 2012 from Eco-Walk • We are going to pass through 7 states (KS, MO, IL, IN, OH, PA, and M.D.) • It’s an 1100 & 1300 mile-long journey • We’re going to be walking with other groups • We should arrive in D.C. by July!What we definitely know
  3. 3. Keep in Mind… How to Prepare• Geography • Train• Climate Conditions • Buy appropriate clothing (Rain, wind, sunshine:) and supplies.• Communal living • Research helpful tips• No drugs or alcohol • Take HCAPP classes• Different cultures • Become involved• We’re implementing the • Memorize A.R.C.H. Chief system.“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers (CWY)
  4. 4. Trail PlanningCommittee Update
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  6. 6. This is how our journeybegins…
  7. 7. May 13th (25.3 miles) Lawrence to Bonner Springs
  8. 8. May 14th (27.2 miles)Bonner Springs to Independence
  9. 9. May 15thConnect to Trail of Death!
  10. 10. How are we going to do this?
  11. 11.  There will be four teams.(Land, Animal, People, and Drivers) Each team will have responsibilities. Each team will travel 10 miles a day, Separately!Four Team Approach
  12. 12. Every team will have their own starting and stoppingpoint. We will all camp together each night.
  13. 13.  Pick up trash along freeway  Log and dispose of trash in each town  Clean up campsites  Find campsite for each day  Locate landmarks (hot springs, trails)  Give weather updates  Haul waterThe Land Team
  14. 14. The Land Team can walk from the tree to the buffalo,where a car will pick them up and drive them to thecampsite.
  15. 15.  Coordinate all meals Be the first awake each morning Ask for food donations Maintain an inventory of supplies Help with health problems Learn about the hospitals and police stations in area Haul waterThe Animal Team
  16. 16. The Animal Team can walk from the buffalo to theperson, where a car will pick them up and drive themto the campsite.
  17. 17.  Meet with locals Share our message with the media Film walk Write reports at the end of each cycle Call land support everyday Wash dishes Haul waterThe People Team
  18. 18. The People Team can walk to the campsite and rest.
  19. 19. Every team is assigned driver/drivers. Help the Land Team with trash Help the Animal Team find food Help the People Team with events Provide gas updates Car maintenance Set up / take down tents Haul waterThe Drivers Team
  20. 20.  Every team will have four leaders and each leader will be assigned a task.Team Structure
  21. 21.  The Land Leader of the Land Team oversees all of the Land Teams activities. Ensures Trash is disposed of and logged In charge of campsite clean up Suggests places to visit Tracks weather patterns in area Haul enough water for Land Team Team Leaders
  22. 22.  The Team Leader of the Animal Team will serve as a liaison for the two teams.  Gives Land Team updates (Trash, Campsites, Weather)  Organizes trash pick up for their section of walk  Organizes campsite clean up for Animal Team.Sub-Team Leaders
  23. 23.  Every Team Leader must participate in a daily talking circle. Everybody is encouraged to join.Talking Circle
  24. 24. Everyone is equal, Leader or not!
  25. 25. Equality
  26. 26. A cycle is the amount of distance we travel in a certain amount of time. We could run on a 5 day cycle, where we walk approximately 30 miles each day for 4 days, then rest.Day 1: Walk (cycle begins)Day 2: WalkDay 3: WalkDay 4: WalkDay 5: Rest (end of cycle)*Teams have the opportunity to re-structure at the end of each cycle.What is a cycle?
  27. 27. If we are unable to walk one day because of the weather, orwe are held up for an event, we simply pause the cycle.When we’re ready to hit the road again, we pick up wherewe left off.Day 1: Walk (cycle begins)Day 2: WalkDay 3: Rest/Storm (Pause cycle)Day 4: Walk (Resume cycle)Day 5: WalkDay 6: Rest (end of cycle)What if a cycle breaks?
  28. 28. How to become involved Meetings!• Come to meetings! Wetlands Preservation Organization Haskell Library (Room 111) 6 pm/Mondays• Email for more info: Indigenous and American Studies Haskell Library (Room 111)Or 6 pm/ Medicine Wheel Saturdays at 10 am!The Trail of BrokenPromises Walk is on FB.