Gyasi Ross wrote... "...reclaiming our collective sense of self-worth." This was exactly Russell Means's self-imposed mission. I believe he had a firm understanding of his worth from the first moment he publicly and furiously claimed his own portion of the world's stage. From Indian country in Oklahoma, I and my two younger brothers, whose ancestors endured Removal and were born on an Oklahoma reservation, and without any true understanding of the conditions in Sioux country or the backstory of Russell's "flamboyant escapades", gradually came to understand the purpose behind the retributive justice that guided his aim. In short, we became prouder and more protective of our Indian heritage. Mr. Ross, I acknowledge my indebtedness to the life lived by Russell Means, gladly and humbly.
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 02:21