Walking together for healthier nations

The U.S. flags bookend the different flags of the Ute and the Dine tribes
Catching Eagle sings a flag song
Walking towards the western horizon
Southern Ute elder Roy O’John and wife Vera
Southern Ute veteran Dewitte Baker carries the Southern Ute tribal flag
Walkers take a much needed rest break
Students from Newcomb
Even the younger generations participated in the walk
Tribal flags of the Ute tribes lead the way
Support staff of the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes bring up the rear
David Boyd gives a thumbs-up
Brandon Johnson walks with Henry Sun Eagle
The group from Aneth Utah join the Colorado group
The Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe did a Bear Dance presentation
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The U.S. flags bookend the different flags of the Ute and the Dine tribes as they walk together into the Four Corners Monument to end the Walking Together for Healthier Nations event.
Catching Eagle sings a flag song as the Ute Mountain Ute Color Guard raises the colors at dawn prior to the walk.
Walking towards the western horizon, the Four Corners Monument awaits, 19 miles away.
Southern Ute elder Roy O’John and wife Vera approach the first rest stop after 3 miles.
Southern Ute veteran Dewitte Baker carries the Southern Ute tribal flag to lead the group. Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Gary Hayes and Councilman Manual Heart also participated in the walk.
Walkers take a much needed rest break at the six mile mark.
Students from Newcomb, NM are eager to join the walk.
Even the younger generations participated in the walk, even bringing the family pet to join in.
Tribal flags of the Ute tribes lead the way, and set the pace of the walkers.
Support staff of the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes bring up the rear, providing support and medical assistance if needed.
Southern Ute tribal member David Boyd gives a thumbs-up while his mother, Neida Chackee registers.
Brandon Johnson walks with Henry Sun Eagle of the Shining Mountain Diabetes Program.
The group from Aneth Utah walked 19 miles to join the Colorado group for lunch at the junction of Highways 162 and 160.
The Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe gave a Bear Dance presentation, under overcast skies, at the Four Corners Monument to conclude another year of the walk.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Thumbnail image of The U.S. flags bookend the different flags of the Ute and the Dine tribes
Thumbnail image of Catching Eagle sings a flag song
Thumbnail image of Walking towards the western horizon
Thumbnail image of Southern Ute elder Roy O’John and wife Vera
Thumbnail image of Southern Ute veteran Dewitte Baker carries the Southern Ute tribal flag
Thumbnail image of Walkers take a much needed rest break
Thumbnail image of Students from Newcomb
Thumbnail image of Even the younger generations participated in the walk
Thumbnail image of Tribal flags of the Ute tribes lead the way
Thumbnail image of Support staff of the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes bring up the rear
Thumbnail image of David Boyd gives a thumbs-up
Thumbnail image of Brandon Johnson walks with Henry Sun Eagle
Thumbnail image of The group from Aneth Utah join the Colorado group
Thumbnail image of The Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe did a Bear Dance presentation
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Diabetes is the No. 1 health concern in Indian Country. On Friday, April 10 the Southern Ute, Northern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes joined forces with the Navajo Nation to battle diabetes and other health issues by walking together to the Four Corners Monument.

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