People who float, bicycle or walk the length of the Mississippi River often have a personal cause to raise money for politics or an illness of some kind.
Last week, a small group of women with Native American Indian ancestry and others passed through Pike County, Ill. with a different message — the river itself.
The 1,200 mile Mississippi River Walk of indigenous women started March 1 at Lake Itasca, Minn. “the headwaters of the river,” said walk leader Sharon Day. The walkers are averaging about 30 miles per day.
“We want world peace and one way to do that is to stop making war on the water,” Day said while taking a breather just south of Pleasant Hill about halfway through the trek.
For the full story, see the April 10 print edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.