Did you know that by the time a drop of water from Lake Itasca reaches the “dead zones” near the mouth of the Mississippi River, it’s nearly depleted of oxygen?
A group of Indigenous women are raising awareness about the River’s health as they walk its entire length from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, carrying a copper pail filled with water from the Mississippi Headwaters.
Sharon Day, Ojibwe elder and Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, has organized and is leading the weeks-long event. In a statement, Day says, “We want the walk to be a prayer. Every step we take we will be praying for and thinking of the water. The water has given us life and now, we will support the water.”