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LEONARD PELTIER'S STATEMENT for RUSSELL MEANS
(Originally) Posted by KALEEAH LAME-KNEE on October 23, 2012 at 5:37pm

Greetings my relatives and friends

I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the sorrow that i feel with the passing of Russell Means,my brother,my friend,and inspiration on many levels.Russell Means will always be an icon whenever the American Indian Movement is spoken of and whenever people talk about the changes that took place ,the changes that are taking place now for Indian people.

One thing about Russell I always remembered,and i think someone else once said
it,you may have loved him,or you may have disliked him,but you couldn't ignore him.I'll always remember when an elder said one time,I was at a ceremony and I asked what this half shaped moon circle on the ground meant,and he said it was a symbol of the circle of life,the never ending of the circle of life,and i said there is only half a circle,and he said the other half was unseen,it is the spirit world.For Indian people it never ends,we don't have a linear existence,so i know I will see Russell again,and I take comfort in that thought.For men like Russell Means don't come along in a lifetime very often.He was truly an inspiration for all of us younger guys at the time.He had good words to say,he was eloquent when he spoke them,and he spoke english as clearly and precisely and as articulate as any one I have ever heard speak.And he knew what he was talking about.And I know all of you out there,as well as myself,will always remember our friend,our brother and fellow activist,and how he stood with us to recapture the freedoms we've lost,and protect the ones that we still have,and bring about a better future for our people,and all people of this Mother Earth,who's nature is in peril.

I really don't know what else to say about our brother Russell,other than to Russell himself,'' We'll see you again my brother Russell,in some other time and in some other place,we will always be your friend,and we will always look forward to seeing your face.Mitakuye Oyasin.''
In the spirit of Crazy Horse,and Russell Means.
I'll close for now.
Leonard Peltier

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Comment by Blackie Steele on October 27, 2012 at 10:36am
Thank-you David! I'll check it out when I get some free time later this evening!
Comment by Loretta Tomshack on October 25, 2012 at 10:16am

You're very welcome. Where I live is about half way between the southern Black Hills and the southern part of the Badlands here in South Dakota. Russell was and is a power to be reckoned with and his wisdom will last thru the ages.

Comment by Blackie Steele on October 25, 2012 at 10:02am

Thank-you Loretta. Russel meant a lot to me throughout the later portion of my adult years. I have one of his books from which I learned a great deal. I found out about Russel about 10 years ago. That book is even more valuable to me now that he is passed over. His teachings brought me a lot of comfort many many times. He was a very smart and wise man, an excellent author, his experiences in life were tremendous, and the bravery of this man assisted me to overcome many struggles in my own life with renewed courage and vigor. Russel was a man who brought many people something called "hope". This was not a false hope. Russel exemplified the truest meaning of "Human Being" and brought great honor to the traditional ways of all Tribes. I both respected and adored him very much.

Comment by Loretta Tomshack on October 25, 2012 at 6:44am

RAPID CITY, SD -

The ashes of Russell Means are being scattered in a private ceremony in western South Dakota's Black Hills, a day after the former American Indian Movement activist was remembered in a ceremony on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Hundreds of people gathered at the high school in Kyle to pay their respects. Means' ashes were brought from his ranch near Porcupine in a horseback procession that included a rider-less horse said to carry his spirit.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor Bear said Means "gave us courage to stand up for what we believe in and to be proud of who you are."

Means died Monday at his ranch after battling cancer. He was 72. Three other ceremonies are planned next year to honor him.

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