Native Americans transporting 5,000-pound totem pole across country for sacred land awareness
According to the Washington Post, Native Americans are transporting a 5,000-pound totem pole from Washington state to Washington, D.C. for two weeks in July to raise awareness about protecting land they consider sacred.
Why It Matters: The effort that organizers call the "Red Route to DC" has raised $ 500,000 from nonprofits, sponsors, and tribal groups.
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The big picture: The totem is pulled by a semi-trailer truck and carried by around a dozen people, including many members of the Lummi Nation.
The caravan will stop at several locations considered sacred by Native American tribes, including the Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
Upon arriving in the country's capital on July 29, the totem pole will be on display for two days in the National Mall and outside the National Museum of the American Indian, though a permanent DC home will be arranged, according to the Post.
What They Say: Jewell "Praying Wolf" James, a citizen of the Lummi Nation who was the master carver of the pole, told the Post that it was "a reminder of the promises made to the first peoples of this land and these waters" . . "
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