- By Levi Rickert
ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION — Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux on Sundey ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on tribal authorities buildings and the tribal on line casino for one-week in honor of Chief Leonard Crow Canine, who begain his journey to the spirit world simply after midnight Sunday.
Chief Crow Canine, 89, was laid to relaxation on Monday on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Chief Crow Canine is being remembered lauded for his many a long time of management in preserving the non secular teachings of the Lakota individuals.
Leonard Peltier, thought-about by many in Indian Nation as a political prisoner, despatched an announcement on Chief Crow Canine’s dying from the United States Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida.
Learn Peltier’s and others’s feedback:
Leonard Peliter (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), Prisoner
Hau mi kolas!!
Being in jail it takes time earlier than we are able to get data from the streets and household, however I simply heard of the nice loss for the Lakota Nation and all Native peoples.
I met Crow Canine again within the 60’s once we had been each in Colorado for some Native occasion. It has been so lengthy I neglect what it was about now, however I do know it was about treaties and civil rights for all peoples within the USA, and the world actually.
Then afterward, in Rosebud, was once we actually turned mates. He invited me to his dwelling and I met his mom and father and household. His mom fell in love with me and adopted me as one among her sons to switch Leonard’s twin who handed away years earlier than, and so Leonard and I turned brothers, and good mates.
I loved his ceremonies, as he all the time put some good motion in them that made them extra attention-grabbing and thrilling in order that YOU WANTED TO GO TO MORE WITH HIM, AND WE HAD SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT FOR DAYS.
I am on a really brief time restrict, so I’ve to chop this brief, however I need everybody to know Leonard fought onerous for our peoples and our treaties and our non secular rights, he held maybe THOUSANDS Of CEREMONIES AND BROUHT BACK A LOL OF NATIVE peoples to our faith. We are going to miss him and I don’t suppose he wil l ever get replaced.
I am sorry, however time is up, so I’ve to chop this brief, in any other case I’ve a hundreds extra good issues to say about my brother Leonard Crow Canine.
Rodney Bordeaux, President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Leonard Crow Canine was a strong Wicasa Wakan, Holy Man, with a gorgeous imaginative and prescient of the Sacred Thriller of the Universe.Leonard was in contact with the sacred energy that connects all of us and the Creation. As a younger man, Leonard Crow Canine discovered from his father Henry Crow Canine and Lakota elders. He didn’t go to high school, as a substitute his dad and mom enlisted 4 drugs males to information his schooling. All through his life, Crow Canine discovered from the College of the Universe, as he would say, and he shared his understanding of WoLakota with our Sicangu Oyate, the Oceti Sakowin, and Peoples of all Nations.Leonard Crow Canine was the non secular advisor to the American Indian Motion (AIM) and shut mates with Russell Means. He stood for human rights, and he knew that the Lakota acquired our rights from the Creator—our Breath of Life, Freedom to dream and stay our visions, and our sacred obligation to guard Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth.
Homosexual Kingman, Govt Director, Nice Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Affiliation
I first met Leonard Crow Canine in 1969 in Minneapolis, on Franklin Road within the coronary heart of Native neighborhood there. I used to be there to help my husband Chuck Robinson set up the primary American Indian Motion (AIM) survival faculty. Crow Canine would come again then to supply help and prayers. He beloved being across the Native kids as they had been desperate to find out about their tradition.
Even within the latter years of his life, Chief Leonard Crow Canine was sick and confined to a wheelchair however by no means didn’t spend time with us once we requested him, saying prayers and giving us consolation.
He was with us in a tribal assembly not too long ago in 2020 to wish and assist conduct the ceremony at Pe Sla, the sacred land that the Sioux tribes returned to them.
Religion Noticed Eagle, Water Protector
With the passing of Chief Leonard Crow Canine I’m remembering just a few years again when he held a strong blessing via a “Holy Horse Dance” Sunkan Wakan at Bear Butte Lodge upon the acquisition of this lovely lodge by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Tribal Land Enterprises.
As he led the pack of horses across the circle he requested the individuals to wish onerous to make the horses dance for a spirit blessing highway. After a really very long time and intense prayers, the lead horse started an incredible dance prefer it was prancing on air. It was a non secular second as the opposite horses started dancing and the individuals started crying and affirming a hoka hey day.
In a non secular coincidence, Bear Butte Lodge burned just a few days in the past by unintended fireplace and now each Leonard and the lodge are gone. I’m sure there’s a holy horse dance greeting him within the star camps! And the blessing at Bear Butte within the sacred He Sapa nonetheless exists, lodge or no lodge. There is no such thing as a doubt the holy ones are greeting Leonard and the 215 sacred kids who had been hidden in residential faculty burials. It’s a pink day and evening , as we pray for all his household and kinfolk. Journey properly, wotakuye.
Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman, Nationwide Indian Gaming Affiliation
Chief Crow Canine was probably the most highly effective non secular leaders of our time. He beloved our Native individuals and the creation. He helped us perceive that our rights circulation from the Creator, Wakan Tanka. His non secular steerage has helped our Indian nations to remain on the trail of sovereignty, human understanding, and the reason for Mom Earth.
Many years in the past, Chief Crow Canine warned us that we should look after Mom Earth or we’d result in our personal downfall. He foresaw that the destruction of Mom Earth would fall again upon the Kids of the Earth.
Leonard Crow Canine had a real and robust imaginative and prescient and his management gave us the power to hold on, to all the time defend our sovereignty, our traditions and methods of life. He helped us obtain necessary milestones–the Indian Self-Dedication Act, the American Indian Non secular Freedom Act, and plenty of others.
In his later years, he stood by our facet as we carried the fights that he and different AIM leaders fought within the Seventies. He all the time cared for our Native kids and grandchildren and the approaching generations. He was a great and type man.
He has all the time been a powerful advisor to tribal management. He additionally inspired my daughters, whom he known as his granddaughters, to all the time proceed their work with the surroundings in an effort to guard Mom Earth. I’ll journey to be with the household throughout this tough time. Prayers to his household and all Indian Nations as we mourn the lack of this nice Non secular Chief.
Phil Lane, President and Chair of the Board of Administrators, Compassion Video games: Survival of the Kindest
Chief Leonard Crow Canine life has been devoted to uplifting our Indigenous peoples and our human household for greater than 50 years. And his work will proceed stronger than ever from the Different Aspect Camp!
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