Longest Walk ends at National Mall

Title

Longest Walk ends at National Mall

Description

In February 1978 the American Indian Movement began The Longest Walk, a cross-country march beginning on Alcatraz Island in California, to support tribal rights and bring attention to 11 pieces of legislation before Congress affecting American Indians. The proposed legislation changed the provisions of early treaties on tribal government, hunting and fishing rights, and schools and hospitals. Marchers arrived in July. Tribal elders and walk leaders camped in tipis on Washington Monument grounds. Over the course of a week, they held rallies and meetings throughout Washington, including at the Capitol, Supreme Court, and White House. None of the bills they protested were passed.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

07/15/1978-07/19/1978

Coverage

Event Type

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19780715

Description

In February 1978 the American Indian Movement began The Longest Walk, a cross-country march beginning on Alcatraz Island in California, to support tribal rights and bring attention to 11 pieces of legislation before Congress affecting American Indians. The proposed legislation changed the provisions of early treaties on tribal government, hunting and fishing rights, and schools and hospitals. Marchers arrived in July. Tribal elders and walk leaders camped in tipis on Washington Monument grounds. Over the course of a week, they held rallies and meetings throughout Washington, including at the Capitol, Supreme Court, and White House. None of the bills they protested were passed.

Date

07/15/1978-07/19/1978

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.