Pearl and Russell Means in 2011. (Photo Courtesy Pearl Means)

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

Pearl Means
11/5/12

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

*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

57772

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I WILL MISS HIS GUIDANCE, I WILL MISS HIS WORDS OF WISDOM, I WILL MISS HIS STRENGTH, I WILL MISS HIS LAUGHTER AND HIS COMEDIC STYLES, I WILL MISS HIS POWER FOR THE PEOPLE, I WILL MISS HIM FOREVER... I WILL KEEP HIM ALIVE IN MY HEART AND CONTINUED TO WALK ON THE RUSSELL MEANS GREAT MYSTERY JOURNEY...

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one of the great men of recent times..........RIP Russell Means

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Dear Russell Means Family, Thank you so very much for allowing me to have these updates, for contacting me, who is so small compared to so many who are Native Blood, I am but a student, a Sister who is from a different bloodline and founded first in a different Spiritual Belief. I cannot tell you my words, my heart and soul that is so broken for you, for me, for Elder/Teacher/Brother Russell Means passing over..I also cannot tell you why I have been led to you and many others' on my journey in my life, that many say are opposite Spiritualities. I cant tell you why my Creator God of Love has lead my to the Native Red Road all my life, and not just to the Red Road, but to many other Heritage and People with Love and Humbleness...I don't want to sound too out there to you or cause any more pain, but I had Russell Means Prayer, " A Sacred Prayer said in a Sacred Manner.' on my cel ph and was listening to it all the time and connected with him and Elder Floyd Crow in Spirit, I cant explain much, but that I know that Passing Over doesn't mean its over, that is for sure, for He has come to me...in Spirit. I have visons and dreams and the Creator Speaks to me in all ways.. and I am so so very sorry for your loss, and Im sorry for getting back to you so late, Thank you for inviting this humble one to your home, letting me know, Russell had passed and that I was invited to his 4 Funeral Passing Over Ceremonies. I am still learning so much, but your kindness has left my heart broken with your love..He was a great Teacher that I connected with so late.. thank you for all the videos, so sad to see his son, carrying his blanket and all the videos are showing. I am a white Christan woman who would definitely stand out, and probably not be welcomed. but you did. I am so broken that he passed. I am learning the Native Ways slowly over a lifetime of Pow Wow volunteering at first.. some of my children are part Native American. I have just been praying for all who are grieving and honoring Elder Russell and for continuing his Purpose here on Mother Earth..I hope some day to be able to give more to you and your family, and to al the Native/Mexican Indigenous People of all Lands, May we all be free. Wakan Tanka nici un. Mitakuye Oyasin...Love, Diana Barnes, aka Freedom
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