On Wednesday, February 27, the family of Russell Means will hold a celebration on Pine Ridge to honor the life of Oglala activitst Russell Means. The date coincides with the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement, led by Means.
The event will be held at Pine Ridge School in the old gymnasium, west of campus, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. The honoring will highlight Means's life, leadership and the "eternal fire that he re-ignited throughout Indian country," reported Native News Network. Dinner will be served at the Pine Ridge School Cafeteria at 5:00 p.m. The honoring service will begin at 6:00 pm. The event will include guest speakers, including relatives, Wounded Knee veterans and visiting dignitaries.
Chris Eagle Hawk, Oglala Lakota, will be the Eyapaha (announcer), and the Creekside Singers as the honor drum. Scotti Clifford, Oglala Lakota, of Scatter Their Own will perform an honor song. The Means family is sponsoring a traditional giveaway at this honoring.
Means walked on October 22, 2012, at his home and ranch in Porcupine, South Dakota.
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