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16th Annual Event

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Oglala Commemoration

Greetings to all, this year’s event was a success and many thanks to everyone who planned, travelled, cooked, volunteered, cleaned, made music, ran and danced to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Incident at Oglala.  This year’s event was marked with loss, after illness, Roselyn Jumping Bull, our Committee Chair walked on.  Roselyn’s passing has left a void in our Committee and we are grateful to her family for allowing us to continue with the Commemoration.  We miss Roselyn greatly and are appreciative of the unconditional support that she and her family has provided to the Committee these past 16 years, and will provide in the years to come.
In preparation for the event on the 26th, the Committee and the Community gathered to set the agenda for the following day.  The 25th promised to be a busy day of running around
and preparing for the following day’s events; we began this year by kicking things off with the Leonard Peltier Support Group Forum; in attendance were like-minded individuals who came from near and far.  Leonard’s son, Chauncey, began the meeting by communicating to the group the focus that all the groups are to take in promoting the “Road to Clemency” Campaign for Leonard.  Rounds were made; all in attendance were afforded the opportunity to introduce oneself and to speak their thoughts and plans for Leonard’s Clemency.  The meeting then moved on to the Oglala Commemoration Committees planning meeting in which the Committee discussed the agenda for the events on June 26th.  The Committee then shared a meal for those present
The 26th began with the AIM Grassroots group from Rapid City hosting the 2nd Annual Leonard Peltier Freedom run; joining the runners was Chase Iron Eyes who co-sponsored the Freedom Run.  The runners persevered through the distance and heat and were met at the Little Family Cemetery to resounding support.  Our congratulations to these runners for completing this endeavor, and our thanks and respect for their sacrifice
We had a great turnout at the Little Family Cemetery; there were as many cars as there were walkers.  As with every year, while waiting to get things rolling, we visited with old friends and made new ones.  Attendees were asked to circle up so that the Commemoration event could begin.  Prayers and words were shared by Committee member, Fred Cedar Face, welcomed
everyone and reminded us the importance of what it is that we were there to commemorate as well as to send prayers up for a safe event, Leonard, Roselyn and for much needed healing throughout the community.  Fred provided a brief history of the events of June 26th, and the lasting impact of that day which so affects many still. 
 
Leonard’s eldest son, Chauncey, read Leonard’s statement and briefly discussed how he has come to embrace his father’s legacy.  Chauncey then read Leonard’s annual statement.  Keeping things moving, Stanley Good Voice Elk and his drum provided the prayer and honor song and concluded with the AIM song.
 
The walkers lined up and set out for the Jumping Bull property, led by the AIM Grassroots lead vehicle, which carried the drum.  Leading the march were staff carriers, followed by the walkers and the vehicles.  The line extended back for approximately 1 mile, with both Commemoration Security and Tribal police providing security.  The walk concluded at the Jumping Bull property without incident
Upon arriving at the Jumping Bull Property, the walkers had a small snack of fruit and granola bars and Guy Dull Knife welcomed everyone on behalf of the Jumping Bull Property.  Prayers and honor songs were offered.
 
The Committee announced the 2015 winner of the Leonard Peltier Honorary Scholarship, Lucien Little Whiteman, a GED student who is continuing his education at the Oglala Lakota College.
 

The program continued with the honoring of Roselyn.  Memorial cakes were walked around the cakes were then cut and shared and a start quilt was presented to the family.  In keeping with Roselyn’s wishes and desire to honor the children, the children’s toy and book giveaway was held in Roselyn’s honor. 
 

In keeping with an annual tradition, the backpack and school supply giveaway was held in Leonard’s honor.  As it is his belief that the future of all indigenous communities are dependent upon the success of the children

Leonard’s eldest son, Chauncey, read Leonard’s statement and briefly discussed how he has come to embrace his father’s legacy.  Chauncey then read Leonard’s annual statement.  Keeping things moving, Stanley Good Voice Elk and his drum provided the prayer and honor song and concluded with the AIM song.
 

At the conclusion of the Commemoration events, AIM Grassroots and Rapid City Support Group hosted two-day wacipi in Oglala.  There they honored Edgar Bear Runner and Bruce Ellison.  Also honored was Roselyn, Dino Butler accepted the star quilt on behalf of the Jumping Bull family.
 

Runners

 
Marking the passing of another AIM warrior, Committee member, Galeson Eagle Star, eulogized Carter Camp, and noted Carter’s contributions to the Movement.  The event at the property concluded and all attendees were invited to share in a community meal at Bro. Rene Hall.
 
Providing a delicious meal at Brother Renee Hall; once again Belva Janis, Wilma Blacksmith and the rest of the ladies cooked a wonderful meal.  Kicking things into gear with some rousing rock, musical entertainment during the meal was provided by Committee Member, Owen Black Elk and Tim Blackbear.  Calming things down a bit, Terry Holliday entertained us with some country tunes as well as a crowd favorite, Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”.
 
At the conclusion of the Commemoration events, AIM Grassroots and Rapid City Support Group hosted two-day wacipi in Oglala.  There they honored Edgar Bear Runner and Bruce Ellison.  Also honored was Roselyn, Dino Butler accepted the star quilt on behalf of the Jumping Bull family.
 
We would like to thank all the families locally involved and who have supported us through the years: Jumping Bull, Little Family, Black Elk, Good Voice Elk, Cedar Face, Blacksmith, and the Janis families.  Our thanks go to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Peltier Support Groups and AIM Grassroots. 
 
Thanks to: Tom Poor Bear, Chance Iron Eyes, Chauncey Peltier, ILPSC, AIM Grassroots, Peltier Support Group- Rapid City, Our Lady of the Sioux & Sr. Barb, Wal-Mart Chadron, OST Public Safety, the Parchcorn Family, Keith Rabin, Jerry Flowers, Bill Butler, Cakes Etc. – Chadron, First Capital Chiropractic Office for all the donated toys, and to all those who donate auction items and to those who place bids.  We extend our thanks to the Rainbow tribe for their unsolicited support.
 
Special thanks go out to all the musicians who so graciously donate their time and talent to this event, and are always there for us:
Tim Black Bear & Owen Black Elk
Terry Holliday
 
Sincere thanks to the Jumping Bull & Long Visitor families for allowing us to continue, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
 
Finally yet importantly, we wish to thank Leonard Peltier for the sacrifice of his freedom, his faith and belief in the youth and his continued support of our efforts on his behalf.
 
Thank you all for your continued support,
The Oglala Commemoration Committee:
Lisa, JD, Owen, Fred, Gina, Paula, Candy and Galeson
 

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