Activist And Spiritual Leader Chief Leonard Crow Dog Passes


     Renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist Chief Leonard Crow Dog is being remembered for his tireless work on behalf of Native American rights and culture.

       Crow Dog passed away June 6 at age 78 at his home in Rapid City and was buried two days later at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

       A member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate, Crow Dog attended and spoke at countless rallies, marches and protests over the years. 

      He’s credited with helping add the renewal of cultural traditions to the goals of the American Indian Movement, and took part in some of its most famous protests in the 1970s.

      Crow Dog took part in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties, which included the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ headquarters in Washington, and was arrested during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation on the Pine Ridge Reservation