- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of runners and walkers have set off on a cross-country walk from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in order to raise awareness about substance abuse and domestic violence within Native American communities.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (https://bit.ly/2kCeTrh ) that volunteers gathered for prayers and blessings before heading off on the 3,946-mile journey that will take them through various Indian reservations before heading to the District in mid-July.

The itinerary of the trip includes a stop at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where thousands have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

The trip is part of a series of similar Longest Walks to raise awareness about health, environmental and other issues facing American Indians across the country. The first such event took place in 1978.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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