With a little help from Rio Arriba County sheriff's deputies, the first-ever prayer run for imprisoned American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier got underway around 9:30 a.m. last Saturday (April 16) in Velarde. The event, which sought to raise awareness about Peltier, was held in partnership with Global Peace Walk and the Rio Grande Water Walk.

About 35 people participated in the event, which blocked northbound traffic in the narrow, canyon-enclosed section of Highway 68 for hours, but served to capture the attention of people in vehicles traveling both directions of the road. Many southbound vehicles slowed down to get a better look at the caravan of trucks, a drum group, several protest signs and raised fists, and a rotating set of runners on the blacktop.

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Tobin Clark

Could the photographer please explain the photo caption ‘Kai-Sa Sandy’? This was the name of a Zuni/Taos artist who passed many years ago. I am wondering if there is some connection.

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