In the previous blog, Philip Nolan, a discussion began about whether Russell Means is Lakota or not, and I’d like to add to that and then move on.
It isn’t about blood quantum-the degree a person might have-there’s a lot of lateral oppression in that regard-what this is about for me is honesty.
The Crow are a great nation with a rich history and culture, as are the Nakota. The Crow, noted warriors during the plains wars and enemies of the Lakota.
It’s as though in Russell’s denial he minimizes them as people, I don’t like that-it is what the nations have been subjected to for over five centuries.
Every nation suffered and endured a personal hell tailored to them, every nation fought and bled-tribalism and the lack of unity it led to fueled our downfall-and the lesson for this day and age should be that there is no room for it.
There can be no room for ego, pursuing celebrity, or the pimping of a people for self enrichment. No room for lies, the corruption of ceremonies, no selling of anything germane to us as a people lest we fuel our own downfall once again in destroying the essence of who we are and what we believe.
The year 1492 and it’s ramifications are well known-but there are other years that negatively impacted the nations just as insidiously-years like 1968, 1973, and 1975-the effects of which are still reverberating across ndn country.
It’s becomes easier to forgive others in times of illness-it should be equally as easy to seek forgiveness-some do, and some don’t. But always it is, or should be, a time for truthfulness.
Russell said that the time comes to all of us to join the ancestors, and indeed it does, the manner in which we make that passage is what will define it and us as individuals.