Hau Mitakiepi. 40 years ago, the ION was established. There, at the site of a terrible massacre of my Relatives, the Continuum of our Sovereignty was renewed. Now, all these years later, the ION is close to being forgotten. Yet, Russell Means, the Fomenter of The ION, knew the Meaning of using the acronym, ION. He talked often about the Way we Vision Quest up high, in the Mountains, to access the transforming Power of the Ions. He said he used the Aspen Tree at Sundance because we used to Sundance up high, in the Mountains, where there were no Cottonwoods, but instead, Aspen, whose Roots intersect into One Being, and the Ions Make Us Free.
So, the Republic Of Lakotah Celebrates our Father/Mother, the ION. Renewed during this Time, 40 years ago. We Continue On! Carrying The Lifeways Walking. Hecetuwelo. Long Live Russell Means! Long Live The Republic Of Lakotah! Long Live The ION! Long Live Sovereignty!