Russell Means has joined the ancestors. Regardless of whatever can be said about some of his more questionable beliefs and actions, one can’t erase his place in the history of modern indigenous resistance. The following is a message from his wife and children on his passing. Posting it by The Speed of Dreams in no way implies an endorsement of the positions of Russ Means.
Hello our relatives. Our dad and husband, now walks among our ancestors. He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 am, with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine. There will be four opportunities for the people to honor his life, to be announced at a later date. Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We love you. As our dad and husband would always say, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.”
The wife and children of Russell Means
444 Crazy Horse Drive
Pahin Sinte, Republic of Lakotah
Thanks to the Jericho Movement for helping to circulate this latest communique from Leonard Peltier.
However, before you scroll down to Leonard’s statement I would like to make one quick note about the nature of much of the “support” that comes in for Leonard.
There are a lot of White “left” groups out there that love to voice support for Leonard Peltier (and/or the history of the American Indian Movement), yet their statements are utterly comical because when you really break it down these groups are in total contradiction with the struggle that put Leonard in the imperialist iron house to begin with.
Put simply Leonard is a POW from a war for national liberation. These White “left” groups – which come under the labels of Maoist, Marxist-Leninist, Trotskyist and everything in between – have since their inception failed to grasp that our (and Leonard’s) struggle is for national liberation, not against racism (the ideas in White people’s brains) or some similar idea. They fail to grasp this for many reasons, from an utterly Eurocentric attempt to apply Stalin’s thesis on the nation to us (which almost always results in non-Native pseudo-Marxists declaring us to not be nations) to just pure and simple settlerism. Read the rest of this entry