In the blog Over Reacting I suggested a fund raising alternative for that “library” to memorialize Russell Means – an alternative that would validate the estates desire to “honor” the man whose latest makeover is that of being a “great statesman”.
My suggested alternative has about as much chance of getting off the ground as a Boeing 767 without fuel, so I have another suggestion – one that would evidence the matriarchal characteristic of mothering and nurturing, a real testament to Russell’s proclaimed conversion and advocacy – a legacy if you will to that end.
Since there are two additional residences in the “estate” as stated before, one in Santa Monica and the other in New Mexico, why not convert the ranch to a shelter for battered women and their children?
It’s big enough to accommodate several and with a little well planned remodeling could accommodate quite a few more if the need arose.
The land it sits upon would provide plenty of room for children to play and even expansion.
The abuse both physical and sexual of women and children on PR and RB isn’t a secret, and the need for such havens, such safe houses, is undeniable.
The value and benefits of such a center would far outweigh a “library” dedicated to a serial con artist.
Funding for this to meet operational costs could be secured in the form of grants, private donations, and royalties from books already in existence and those that will surely follow as long as the cash cow continues producing.