We lost a fellow tribesman early this morning. A good man who was trying to help my people. I wish him well on his journey and thank him for all of the work he did in trying to inform the world about our disappearing culture and language.
Now it is up to us. We lost one of our own. I'd like to send from my family to his family sincere condolences. Although we grew up and lived in the same town (Porcupine) I only spoke with him last year in Los Angeles at the CBS studios when he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Red Nation Film Festival. I'm glad my family was able to meet and speak with him.
I was a little bit more privileged than he was because I grew up learning our culture and language and hung around elders while other kids were busy with school and learning the American culture. As I sit here watching videos of Russell, I am deeply moved by some of the things he has said and know that what he says is true: that it is up to us... we are the ancestors of our future children and we have a great responsibility to future generations. Men and women my age should stand up for the Lakota people and language and help to heal our people. Our language and culture is our essence.
Calvin Spotted Elk, Oglala Lakota
Раят е мястото, където шипковите храсти цъфтят през цялата година.