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 Post subject: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:34 pm 

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Monday, October 22, 2012
'Our Friend' Leonard Peltier remembers Russell Means


Leonard's Statement for Russell Means

By Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
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http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Oct. 22, 2012

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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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:45 pm 

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"As we gather and mourn this great man, we must remember his life, and his wisdom. We must live on and carry on his voice and his legacy. May Wakhan Thanka, The Great Mystery, go with his family. May his spirit and his words live eternally in our hearts. Thehila na woyawaste."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJfYX7Ek ... ature=plcp


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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:04 am 

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“We were there with Chief Russell Means all the way,” Crow Dog said. “I was there, in the Oglala country, on his beautiful ranch. He’s a leader of all tribes—a spiritual leader—and a warrior. He was not originally a warrior, but all the injustice that happened to the American Indians and Canadian Indians—the system made him into a warrior just like Crazy Horse.”

Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/10/24/russell-means-begins-his-final-journey-as-family-and-supporters-gather-for-first-of-four-memorials-141935 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.c ... z2AKbIWPIo


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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:36 am 

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Russell's brother Bill Means said, "He will be replaced by thousands. One person is not going to replace him, but through his work, through his family, he will be replaced 1,000 times over."

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Lakota medicine man who participated in the Occupation of Wounded Knee, said Means was first and foremost a spiritual leader, but the times called for a warrior, and like Crazy Horse, that is what he transformed into.

Part of Russell's Memorial:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/r ... tream.html


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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:44 am 

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Russell Means: Patriot of the Lakota
Posted on October 28, 2012 by Sicangu Lakota Times

“All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on forever. No theory can alter that simple fact. Mother Earth will retaliate, the whole environment will retaliate, and the abusers will be eliminated. Things come full circle, back to where they started. That’s revolution. . .



“You see the one thing I’ve always maintained is that I’m an American Indian. I’m not a Native American. I’m not politically correct. Everyone who’s born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put American before my ethnicity. I’m not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.” Russell Means.



The Lakota Oyate lost a very special warrior last week. Death is transformation. Russell Means is now walking the sacred path of the Milky Way. I believe he is ecstatic at the reunion with ancestors who greeted him to help with his spiritual journey. Tasunke Witko is guiding him on the path. Russell will prepare a sacred place for us. He will help our spirit when it is our time to walk the Milky Way.




He will be remembered by many of his Oyate as a Patriot of the Lakota Nation. He was a true warrior who feared no challenge. He feared no man. He was Akicita. He was Tokala. He was Itancan. When he believed something needed to happen to improve the lives of all the Lakota people, he was the first warrior to take the steps to make the needed changes.



“Wounded Knee happened because Indian people wanted to survive as Indians and there wasn’t any way to survive, so we made a stand and made a statement, but now Indian people are beginning to rebound, rebound according to their [concept of] “Beauty.” And that’s really what’s necessary to understand: Indian people have to become free again.” Russell Means



I was a teenager when the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee took place. I clearly remember some of our own people acted like they were afraid of what was happening on the Pine Ridge Rez. Even though many of the adult members of my family didn’t really have any good things to say about the American Indian Movement (AIM) back then, I’m still very glad all those brave activists stood up for our rights.



Warriors like Russell Means helped my generation to become what we are today. Whether you love it or hate it, AIM is still very influential on all of us. If it wasn’t for AIM, people my age might not have ever found any pride in being Lakota. We might have all melted into that proverbial pot.



Russell Means was famous throughout the world. I will always remember him as an activist, an author, an actor and an extremely eloquent orator. He spoke up for all of us. I searched the internet for his quotes and found several. I include some here in the following paragraphs:



“One is expected to know things, to believe things. Knowing and believing are all in your head – there is nothing in your heart. If you cannot feel that the earth is your grandmother, then of course you will find it easy to rape her, to behave as if she is under your dominion. You will find it easy to believe that we humans are the dominant species, and to act as though the earth and everything on it are ours to do with as we please . . . if all human beings were taken away, life on earth would flourish.” (Where White Men Fear To Tread)



“We Indians do not teach that there is only one God. We know that everything has power, including the most inanimate, inconsequential things. Stones have power. A blade of grass has power. Trees and clouds and all our relatives in the insect and animal world have power. We believe we must respect that power by acknowledging its presence. By honoring the power of the spirits in that way, it becomes our power as well. It protects us.” (Where White Men Fear To Tread)



Wopila Russell Means! Many Lakota now realize it’s important to be proud of whom we are. The path you created with your courage will be followed by many young Lakota. You inspired us to teach our children there is no need to be ashamed of being Lakota. We will continue to appreciate all the teachings you left behind for us to carry in our lives. Thank you for dedicating your life to the Lakota and other tribal people of Mother Earth.



I was unable to attend the celebration of Russell’s life last week. I send my love and prayers to the Means Tiospaye. I want to express my appreciation to Little Wound School for the live stream of the services. I was grateful to be able to watch and listen to all the people who spoke about Russell’s life. I also appreciated all the songs that were sung in his honor.

“Russell was more than a human being. Russell was a spirit. Russell was a God. He was like the spirit of a tree, or the spirit of the wind or the spirit of the sun. A living God amongst us – that was Russell Means,” Dennis Banks



“Once you experience true freedom in your mind and in your heart and you tie the two together, there is no going back – there’s no going back. I’m blessed because, of course, Indigenous people know and understand reincarnation I certainly understand it, I’m coming back as lightening. So I’m free. And when I come back as lightening I’m going to do my job. So, if you live longer than me and you find out that lightening has struck the White House, you know who did it.” Russell Means.



Oyate Waciyanpi, we pray you have a beautiful journey.


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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:46 am 
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I'm fare away in france, but, it's... How you say,
Russel Mean is now stronger then ever,
Free everywhere....

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 Post subject: Re: In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Hi! This was in my e-mail today from Lakota People Law Projects.Madonna Thunderhawk and Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan remembers Russell Means.This was a video Russell had made in 2008.It has never been seen until now.It is called Prove Me Wrong. http://bit.ly/Q2Gd0U


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