2014 Freedom Walk
Joseph V. Sowmick - 7-28-2014
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer joins with SCIT Behavioral Health Programs and the Youth LEAD Department in support of the July 26 Annual 2014 Freedom Walk. Dating back to the early 90’s, the Freedom Walk is where people take a stand against drugs and alcohol in our community.
Although Youth LEAD event stats reveal there were 246 that registered for the event, the standing room only crowd in the Tribal Gym showed a higher turnout. Sister Alice Jo Ricketts did the blessing of the food (catered by Nbakade Family Restaurant of the Soaring Eagle Waterpark) and Tribal Chief Steve Pego shared a Mide’ teaching.
“The Freedom Walk has become a staple in the community for recovery and prevention from alcohol and drugs. This event is always well attended and even people from other tribal communities look forward to attending,” Youth LEAD Diversion Manager Guadalupe Gonzalez informs. “ It is a time of healing for not only those in recovery but for the families and community that have been affected. Youth LEAD is proud to be a part of this very important event.”
Pictured left to right: Mark Vasquez, Jr., Wendy Pierce, AOVWS Elder Denny Denman received Eagle Feathers from AOVWS veterans David and Mike Perez as Elder Roger High looks on from the top of the stage.