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Services planned to honor life of Russell Means

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The family Russell Means is planning four services to honor the former American Indian Movement activist and actor. 

Means, an Oglala Sioux Tribe member, died at home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Monday. He was 72.

There will be four services because the number is significant in Lakota culture, representing, among other things, the four seasons. In a statement released Monday, Means' family said, "He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 am, with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine."

Means' ashes are to be privately scattered Thursday in the Black Hills, which are sacred to the Lakota, but the family sent the following details on the services:

"Honoring the Life of Russell Means, "Oyate Wacinyapi"

The family of Russell Means invites you to join us in "Honoring the Life of Russell Means". The honoring will highlight his life, leadership and the eternal fire that he re-ignited throughout Indian Country.

October 24, 2012, begins at 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. MST, at Little Wound High School Gymnasium in Kyle, South Dakota USA, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Russell Means, a self-described "Oglala Freedom Fighter", began his journey to the spirit world on October 22, 2012 at 4:44 am, with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine.

This Honoring will be the first of four opportunities for the people to honor his life. The next three Honorings are tentatively scheduled as follows: 2nd Honoring at 40 year Anniversary of Wounded Knee '73 Occupation (Feb 2013); 3rd Honoring at Wind Cave State Park, SD (June 2013); 4th Honoring on Russell's birthday (Nov 10, 2013) at location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging monetary contributions to advance the visionary work of Russell Means. Donations can be sent to:

TREATY Total Immersion Educational Endowment Fund

Administrative Office

P.O. Box 110

San José, NM 87565

Paypal contributions can be made at: www.treatyschool.org

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