Opinion

Jodi Rave: Nellie Two Bulls leaves strong legacy



"It hurts to lose our loved ones, knowing we will never hug them again or watch them smile or hear them laugh. But we can thank them for the memories.

Thank you, Nellie Two Bulls.

Grandma Nellie, the 81-year-old cultural matriarch of the Lakota Nation, died Sunday.

We can thank Nellie for giving us joy. And we can thank the Creator for blessing her with gifts. He gave her a voice to sing - and a mind to keep and share the stories of the Lakota people.

Unci, or Grandma Nellie, will never be replaced. She hails from a generation of elders who were pure in their culture, tradition and beliefs.

She was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and grew up in the Payabaya Community, a child born from a long line of traditional medicine men and women.

She grew to represent all that is good with the Lakota people, exhibiting the virtues of generosity, strength, fortitude and wisdom."

Get the Story:
Jodi Rave: Two Bulls preserved her Lakota culture (The Missoulian 2/22)

Relevant Links:
Jodi Rave - http://www.missoulian.com/jodirave

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