ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF STAN BEARDY RESPONDS TO THE PASSING OF RESPECTED ELDER AND STATESMAN RUSSELL MEANSOctober 23, 2012 6:33 pm
October 23, 2012
Toronto, ON — The Chiefs of Ontario and the Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy would like to express thanks for the work and contributions of Russell Means, Oglala Sioux tribal member of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota who passed on to the spirit world this past week.
A passionate force within the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis during the early 1970’s he became an international voice for the struggle of Indigenous peoples around the world.
Russell Means had the ability to speak with respect on behalf of the wisdom of his nation’s elders and to help foster the support for other nation’s strength by promoting freedom to exist in a decolonized state of being. He believed and promoted the practice of cultural teachings and helped foster the creation of the first immersion school in the U.S titled the T.R.E.A.T.Y Total Immersion School on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation.
He was one of the most prominent political activists for Indigenous peoples extending beyond his nation and to the world. Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy stated, "With every passing of an elder, part of our history and future is gone–this is the source of our great sadness. Russell was one of us. The Chiefs of Ontario extends our sincere condolences to the family at this very trying time.”
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