Long Walk for Survival: 1980
The Long Walk for Survival was a cross-country demonstration by Native Americans that ended in Washington, D.C. with a series of demonstrations and prayer meetings over two weeks from Nov. 1-14, 1980 to draw attention to the issues of nuclear power and forced sterilization of Native women.

The walk began on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Gay six months earlier. About 100 demonstrators made the whole trek to Washington, D.C. where they were joined by several hundred more Native Americans and supporters.

They protested the forced sterilization of 60-70,000 Native women in the previous 12 years and the dumping of nuclear waste on Indian reservations as well a more general demand for more self-determination on the reservations.

"The United States must cease killing Indian people with uranium and stop nuclear development on Indian lands...there must be an end to sterilization of Indian women in the United States...preserve a healthy and peaceful living world for our future generations...stop the human genocide, protect our Indian treaty rights, protect Indian resources, and the hunting and fishing rights," said a flyer for the walk.

"The beginning of the Long Walk was against the registration for the draft. All you read in the papers now is about the hostages in Iran. We have concerns of all things which include genocide, and more serious problems," said Perry Seely, public relations officer for the Walk.

After demonstrating in Washington, the walk went to New York said Seely. The Walk manifesto “will be presented to the United Nations in New York and then will be presented to the Russell [International War Crimes] Tribunal in Rotterdam, Netherlands," concluded Seely.
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