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 says 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.