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Red Warrior’s Society march into Arizona from California

By Don Decker, YAN News

Chief Harry Goodwolf Kindness carries the A.I.M. staff infront of the Nation’s culture center.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation community members hosted the Red Warrior’s Society from the Barona, California on June 1.

This group continues to carry on the responsibilities of AIM’s mission to bring about an awareness of the special problems still facing Indians in America. This includes the issues in Violence Against Women and Missing persons and the possible extinction of bee pollination, sobriety, a nuclear waste dump that is being proposed on the sea coast north of San Diego as well as national issues occurring on Indian lands such as expansion of  oil pipelines across Indian lands.

Bobby Wallace of Barona and AIM’s Harry Goodwolf Kindness who was close to the late Dennis Bank of AIM, carried the official AIM staff during the march from Middle Verde to the culture center a distance of 3 miles.

Gloria Garcia of YAN leads the circular march infront of the YAN culture center. Gloria leads the Wellbriety program for the community.

Just prior to arriving on the Nation’s land, the California group started their march in Ft. Mohave, California on the Indian reservation a month before arriving in Camp Verde. The group also stopped on the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs, Arizona a week before arriving in Camp Verde.

Along the way, the California group was able to discuss their agenda with the Indian communities. The Wellbriety Group of Yavapai-Apache Nation under the direction of Gloria Lewis Garcia hosted the visitors during the group’s stay in Middle Verde.

Meals were prepared and lodging arranged for the marchers. At the culture center, Gourd singers from the Hualapai Nation shared their songs with the community the last evening as a fireside meal was cooked for the community.

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