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Haskell Students to Visit Washington, Promoting Site Preservation

sacred sites(Image credit: Navajo Lutheran Mission, via PhotoBucket)

Haskell Students to Visit Washington, Promoting Site Preservation

On Sunday, a group of Haskell Indian Nations University students and cultural rights advocates will begin a caravan journey to the nation's capital. The 58-day event's being called "The Trail of Broken Promises." It will travel through 44 towns, bringing attention to the preservation of sacred sites. Millicent Pepion, a member of the Navajo and Blackfeet Nations, is a junior at Haskell:

Pepion says the group will also try to schedule a White House visit after arriving in Washington, DC on July 9th.


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Journey to Raise Awareness of Threats to Sacred Sites

A group of Haskell Indian Nations University students and advocates for cultural rights will leave Lawrence on Sunday, traveling by caravan to Washington, D.C. They're trying to raise awareness of sites sacred to indigenous peoples that are being threatened by development. Millicent Pepion is a member of the Navajo and Blackfeet Nations. She's a junior at Haskell, and one of the event's organizers. She says the movement is about more than just cultural preservation:

Organizers are planning for "The Trail of Broken Promises" journey to take 58 days and run through 44 towns. Once the group gets to Washington, leaders hope to present members of Congress with a bill that would protect sacred sites.

 

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