I want to acknowledge the passing of a friend, a winyan [woman] who accomplished so much in her years on our Mother, Earth. Her name is Rosalie Little Thunder. Rosalie was a driving force behind the Buffalo Field Campaign, as well as a guardian of the Lakota language and culture. Rosalie worked so hard for so many, always with grace, dignity and in a humble manner. I never heard her raise her voice or speak ill of anyone. Rosalie is descendant from one of the Mankato 38, she carried the Sacred Canupa Bundle 507 miles in winter and she was Pte Oyate. She was a professor who taught Lakota language, a mentor and a friend to so many. I have had many tearful conversations today with people from all over the country; we are all in shock that we have lost our sister. Just Googling her name will show you her many accomplishments but she is/was so much more than that. She was the epitome of Wolakota; she worked hard for the next generations and all to follow. It is believed that when we walk over we meet an unci, a grandmother, who asks if we have helped the people, if we have fed the hungry and been kind to all. Knowing Rosalie, she has been having a good conversation with her but we know her answer to all questions is yes. The world is a little less brighter today because a great winyan is no longer with us and we have many tears on her passing. Gratefully, she is at peace and her body is at rest. Mitakuye Oyasin. For those in The Black Hills area, the arrangements are still being made and I will post them.