Mitakuye Oyasin

Russell Means has walked on.

Why do I admire Russell Means? He was terribly flawed, yes, but last time I checked, that’s what it is to be human. MLK, Jr and César Chávez weren’t saints either. One thing all three of them had in common was a burning desire to see their people, and all people, overcome the prejudices and injustices that had been heaped on them for too long. His tactics may not have been appreciated by some, but he brought attention to the plight of his people and he never backed down. Russell Means was not a SELL OUT, something I admire greatly.

From the New York Times article on his death: “Mr. Means cut off his braids a few months before receiving his cancer diagnosis. It was, he said in an interview in October 2011 , a gesture of mourning for his people. In Lakota lore, he explained, the hair holds memories, and mourners often cut it to release those memories, and the people in them, to the spirit world.”

Have a peaceful walk, brother. Mitakuye Oyasin.

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About socolaura

Mom, educator, opinionated, passionate, smart, witty, wise Latina. Waiting for my moment of zen.
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