I am a Tetuwan Minneconjou Lakota registered at Cheyenne River Agency, at Eagle Butte South Dakota…
And, I am very pleased to say in writing this to you…. thank-you very much for writing the truth about my rapist (when I was only 17), American Indian Movement leader, Russell Means.
At the time of the rape in the fall of 1972, Means was in the middle of his Sun Dance commitment, dancing next to my Father, Professor Calvin Dupree, (U of Lethbridge in Alberta) whom was Sun Dancing from 1970-1975 at Frank Fools Crows Sun Dance arbor, beginning at Pine Ridge in 1970 & finishing at Green Grass in Aug. 1975, with my Lakota adult naming ceremony by my spiritual mentor, Frank Fools Crow…naming me Looking Back Woman-HakiktaWin.
You hit the nail on the head in your description of Means’ narcissistic personality, with bi-polar thrown in to boot, which makes a very caustic & dangerous combination…
Means, just so you know… is NOT even Lakota, but White, Crow & Dakota…he is a fraud & a liar, but what’s even more evil, a betrayer of the Tetuwan Lakota people..
And, all whom have supported, financed & have been fooled & betrayed by what they thought was a good group of men, & a wonderful cause for 1st Nations people….AIM.
I cannot thank-you enough for what you said & how you said it…about Russell Means.
I hope you don’t mind, but I have shared the link to your blog with my fellow victims & survivors who participated as either an attendee or presenter at the the Dakota on April 27-28th, 2012, when AIM leadership, Banks, Means, Bellecourt, Ward Churchill, & former Senator of South Dakota, James Abourezk…
(involved with AIM & Anna Mae’s execution murder as well it seems to appear by the friendly appearance of AIM & Abourezk, & their warm embraces at the Dakota Conference April 27-28th, 2012)
…strolled into the Conference & heckled, disrupted, & hurled insults to the youngest living hostage of the Seige of Wounded Knee, Adrienne Riegert-Fritze, the Wounded Knee Museum curators granddaughter, whom was molested by her AIM guard in 1973 when she was only 12….
Along with the widow of Ray Robinson, who begged AIM leadership at the Dakota Conference for the remains of her husband…whom Dennis Banks stated he didnt even know was at Wounded Knee during the Seige…the only black man in a sea of 1st Nations & non-Natives that were present there.
Along with Anna Maes daughter, Denise…& the FBI agent in charge in 1973 at WK, Joseph Trimbach & his son, John…
All of whom took another round of abuse from AIM, for standing up & correcting history… by telling the truth about AIM, & what really happened during the Seige of Wounded Knee.
They are whom I have shared your journalistic work with…& I know they will enjoy it as much as I did, seeing someone else who knows the truth & has no problem saying it…
I will pray everyday for you in my prayers,
Be well, & be safe….