4:44 AM. Interesting time to move onto the Happy Huntin' Grounds. I, like I assume many in Indian Country have, met Russell long ago when I was an undergrad at U of Montana. He had given a lively talk in the ULH (an acronym for my fellow Griz) and during his talk I could only think about how he so captured and enamored the media. This man was the master at being the center of the press. I assume that there are varying opinions about calling attention to oneself, especially in Indian Country where humility is an espoused virtue. I was lucky enough to be granted an audience with Russell after his monologue, and I asked him how he managed to capture the press. He said that it was rather simple, he was himself, a proud Indian who was frustrated at injustices towards Indians. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind and he discovered that the media was enamored by the noble red man. He played their expected role knowing that he could get the message out that Indians have a voice that needed to be heard. I have heard from both sides of Indian Country about his approach, whether he was actually advocating Indian rights and freedom, or simply in it for himself. Well, that's to be decided by those who will see the Sun rise tomorrow. In the aggregate, think Russell did a good thing for us and I look forward to seeing what others inspired by his voice can do for Indian Country. 4:44 AM, yup, the man knew how to play his role to the very end. And that is a good thing. Happy hunting, Russell!