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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Leonard’s Statement for Russell Means

    October 22, 2012

    Greetings my relatives and friends

    I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the
    sorrow that I feel with the passing of Russell Means, my brother, my
    friend, and inspiration on many levels. Russell Means will always be an
    icon whenever the American Indian Movement is spoken of and whenever
    people talk about the changes that took place, the changes that are
    taking place now for Indian people.

    One thing about Russell I always remembered, and I think someone else
    once said it, you may have loved him, or you may have disliked him, but
    you couldn't ignore him. I'll always remember when an elder said one
    time, I was at a ceremony and I asked what this half shaped moon circle
    on the ground meant, and he said it was a symbol of the circle of life,
    the never ending of the circle of life, and I said there is only half a
    circle, and he said the other half was unseen, it is the spirit world.
    For Indian people it never ends, we don't have a linear existence, so I
    know I will see Russell again, and I take comfort in that thought. For
    men like Russell Means don't come along in a lifetime very often. He was
    truly an inspiration for all of us younger guys at the time. He had good
    words to say, he was eloquent when he spoke them, and he spoke English
    as clearly and precisely and as articulate as any one I have ever heard
    speak. And he knew what he was talking about. And I know all of you out
    there, as well as myself, will always remember our friend, our brother
    and fellow activist, and how he stood with us to recapture the freedoms
    we've lost, and protect the ones that we still have, and bring about a
    better future for our people, and all people of this Mother Earth, who's
    nature is in peril.

    I really don't know what else to say about our brother Russell, other
    than to Russell himself, "We'll see you again my brother Russell, in
    some other time and in some other place, we will always be your friend,
    and we will always look forward to seeing your face. Mitakuye Oyasin."?

    In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means.

    I'll close for now.

    *Leonard Peltier

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