TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A group of American Indians from across Kansas and the nation made their case at the Statehouse for protecting the environment and their culture.
The gathering Tuesday was part of ``The Longest Walk 2,'' a walk from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to increase awareness of American Indian issues. The walk began on Feb. 11 and is scheduled to end July 11.
Topics for discussion included the decision by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto a bill that would allow two new coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. Activists say the plants would damage the environment and deplete water resources.
They also argued for support for a water project on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation in northeast Kansas, which would provide a reliable source of water for its residents.