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BLACK HILLS, SOUTH DAKOTA The ashes of longtime American Indian Movement leader Russell Means will be spread over the Yellow Thunder Camp in the Black Hills on Friday morning at 4:44 am mdt, four days to the moment he walked on at 4:44 am this past Monday.
Yellow Thunder Camp
The Black Hills are considered sacred to the Lakotah Nation, which Means was a member. Yellow Thunder Camp was named for Raymond Yellow Thunder, who was beaten to death by two Caucasian men in Gordon, Nebraska, a small border town near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The camp was established by some American Indian Movement members in 1981 on federal land in Victoria Creek Canyon, southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota.
A group occupied the camp as a means to begin the process of obtaining back the Black Hills for the Lakotah. The US Forest Service refused to grant a permit to establish the camp. Using the 1978 American Indian Freedom of Religion Act of 1978, Means won a round in a lower federal court. However, a higher court overturned the decision of the lower court.
The Yellow Thunder Camp was used recently in the filming of "Holy Man The USA vs Douglas White."
“The Medicine Man Douglas White ran the Sundance there from 1981 until 1983.”
Said Jennifer Jessum, the film's producer.
Family members will be joined by Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement for the ceremony, along with ceremonial leaders.
The ceremony, tomorrow, is open to the public.
updated October 26, 2012 10:30 am edt; updated 5:50 pm edt; posted October 25, 2012 4:40 pm edt