A group on indigenous people are making a stop in Wichita. It's a mid-point on their cross country walk from Washington D.C. to Alcatraz.
The walk started in July and will end December 21st.
The group says it's a spiritual walk bringing an important message back to their indigenous people.
"This walk is supporting and affirming those that are practicing actions routed in our spiritual beliefs, which are really diverse," said Michael Lane, logistics coordinator for the walk. "There's no one way in Indian country or even indigenous country. Just in the US alone there's over 600 Indian nations."
Lane says that means showing respect for the land and for the traditions of their native people. He said there are no "short cuts" for this walk either.
"We have sacred staffs and the sovereignty staff that we carry every step of the way," he said.
"It’s always in prayer." said his wife, Sharon Heta. "Always walking in prayer of healing for our peoples in our world now, and those who passed on and those who are yet to be born. This walk is for them."
Heta is originally from a tribe in New Zealand.
"This walk is very personal," she said. "It’s about indigenous sovereignty for me and reclaiming and revitalization of indigenous peoples languages throughout the world, because that’s my passion. We as indigenous peoples of the world, we have obligations to take care of the land. To take care of our world. To take care of our environment."
"People get so caught up in these left-right debates, they forget about the basics," said Lane. "And for us as Indian people we shouldn’t be caught up in that. The basics for us reside in wherever we’re from our own traditional and spiritual ways. And that’s what we are trying to reaffirm."
The group will stay in Wichita for several days before continuing their journey to Alcatraz. The goal is to make it here by December 21st.
The first "Longest Walk" was held back in 1978 when a group of Native American's walked from Alcatraz to Washington D.C.
For more on the original "Longest Walk" or the current one click here.