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Hello, Relatives: A Thank You from the Family of Russell Means

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Hello our relatives. We have completed the four sacred days in preparation for sending Russell Means’ spirit on his journey and his ashes have been scattered at Yellow Thunder in the Lakota sacred holy land, the He Sapa (Black Hills).

On behalf of the family I want to extend our appreciation and gratitude for all of the ceremonies, prayers, good words, and messages that we have received from friends and allies around the world. Russell was a man of the People and we all share in the responsibility of continuing his legacy.

Thank you to Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Russell’s longtime ally and spiritual advisor for officiating the powerful ceremonies that ensured a smooth transition. A heartfelt thank you to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for all of its support during this difficult time. Thank you to the Porcupine District for hosted meals, OST Parks and Recreation for the donation of buffalo meat and to the beautiful people who prepared all of the delicious meals. Thank you to the horseback riders, the singers and the security teams. Thank you to all of the people who brought star quilts and other gifts. A giveaway will take place at the next scheduled honoring, February 26, 2013.

The scheduled Honorings are as follows:

*February 27, 2013 at Wounded Knee ‘73 Liberation 40th Anniversary Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, South Dakota

*June 2013 (new moon) Russell Means’ annual Sun Dance – Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

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*November 10, 2013 (Russell Means’ birthday) - Denver, Colorado (facility to be determined)

As my husband often said, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.”

Pearl Means

PO Box 99

Porcupine, Republic of Lakotah