Lakota spiritual leader Leonard Crow Dog stepped on at 79


RAPID CITY, SD – Chief Leonard Crow Dog (Sicangu Lakota), a well-respected medicine man who served as spiritual leader during the 71-day siege of Wounded Knee on the Pineridge Indian Reservation by the American Indian Movement in 1973 , began its journey to the spirit world shortly after midnight Sunday at Lakota Home, in Rapid City, SD. He was 79 years old.

“It was unfortunately brought to our attention that at approximately 12:40 am, Chief Leonard Crow Dog made his journey to the Spirit World. This is a huge loss for the native community of Turtle Island and for the American Indian Movement. Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, posted on his Facebook page.

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Chief Crow Dog was suffering from colon cancer at the time of his death.

Native News Online will publish an obituary for Chief Crow Dog on Monday.

Arthur Jacobs contributed to this article.

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