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Saturday, May 08, 2021

The Longest Walk: Elder Milo Yellow Hair needs our support! | GoFundMe

The Longest Walk
Thomas Dwight Yellow Hair  is second from the right in the picture.
via Elder Milo Yellow Hair needs our support! | GoFundMe


It has come to our attention -- via longtime TW supporter Dionys -- of a worthy cause to bring to folks' awareness. Dionys writes:

As a long-time supporter of Indigenous Peoples a very personal issue came to may attention, that I want to share with you. Thomas Yellowhair, a Lakota friend of ours, a sun-dancer and a pipe carrier, hailing from Wounded Knee, SD died in Helsinki (Finland) recently. His brother Milo and their family wish to see for Thomas’ remains to be buried at Wounded Knee. Friends started a GoFundMe project because the family can’t possibly muster the funds for bringing their relative home.

This is a fundraiser for the Yellow Hair family.  

Thomas Dwight Yellow Hair recently passed away at his home in Helsinki, Finland. It was his wish to be buried with his family in Wounded Knee on the Oglala lands of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The costs of international transportation for a deceased person is approximately $10,000, in addition to other costs such as airline costs for Thomas’s 3 children to fly from Finland to be with their father, and the family is asking for assistance.  

Thomas was born December 3, 1957. Thomas was a Sun Dancer, Pipe Carrier and activist. He danced at Green Grass and with Fools Crow. He was on the first of the Longest Walks from Alcatraz to Washington, DC in 1978.   

All funds donated are deposited directly into the bank account of Thomas' older brother, Milo Yellow Hair, and will be used for paying the costs of transporting Thomas home and the funeral, and other funeral expenses. 

A special thanks to Mark Levitan for the crafting of this fundraiser, and his years of dedication to serving our Indigenous relatives. (Also, thanks to TW suppoerter Dionys for details.)

More details @ Elder Milo Yellow Hair needs our support! | GoFundMe


At 5/08/2021 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Dear Thrasher,

thanks a lot for this shout-out. Many folks who knew Thomas and are friends to Milo in Europe made an effort already. And while it is a rather sad occasion our humble efforts are proof that the bridges across the ocean are there for us to cross.
And for one more time I am proud to be a Neil Young fan.


At 5/09/2021 03:55:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

Last night I missed to spell out the Neil Young context. As a host for KILI Radio The Voice of the Lakota Nation, Milo Yellow Hair not only very often broadcasted Neil Young songs, but he was also around for the Paha Sapa benefit concert in 1989, whose line-up included Bruce Cockburn, John Trudell, Jackson Browne and also Neil Young. And lastly Milo and his tiospaye (extended family) were involved with political organizations such as the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to defend the Black Hills, whose more recent incarnation sponsored an event on Washington's capitol hill. It was this event that was a life changing occasion for two persons very dear to the readers of this blog.(See Neil's comments on "Storytone").

I admit that a part of my affection for Neil Youngs music has to do with his use of imagery including America's First Nations, these western panorama acoustic wide screen cinemascope songs, they contain a constant series of motives right from the first solo album ("in the corner theres was an Indian trying on my clothes") to "Pocahontas", the as of yet unreleased long version of "Crime in the City" to "Goin' Home", hopefully in yet another version in the up-coming "Toast" album.

Neil Young to me always was compassionate when it came down to Indigenous rights, the destruction of their livelihood and environment. His solidarity with indigenous issues never was just an abstract lip service but always down to earth support to real people, the promise of the real. So this issue Thrasher has been so kind to give some bandwidth is not a wide curve ball. Are you compassionate?

At 5/09/2021 11:29:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks so much Dionys for the heads up here on Thomas and Milo.

quite a story.

and it is fascinating how over in europe there's a fascination with native cultures.

suppose likewise, there's a fascination this way for the ways of the "old world" as well.

yes, we try to be compassionate.

however, when we tried to donate , there's no paypal or cypto option?

kind of weird how's there's been this huge push to digital currencies but not on these sorts of sites.

we do see a Google Pay option, but it doesn't seem to work? anyone of ideas? when we selet Google Pay, nothing happens?

At 5/09/2021 11:52:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

Unfortunately I am not familiar with these neo-digital payment methods. I just used my credit card and that's already pretty advanced for my mother's son... Whenever I can I use cash.

At 5/09/2021 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

I communicated your technical problem to the people who set this up.

At 5/09/2021 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

One of the reasons I have such a deep respect and love for Neil Young as an Artist is his recurring acknowledgment of and Respect for the Native people of North America. Neil Young and Trump are on opposite ends of the compassion spectrum on this issue. A good cause. Alan in Seattle

At 5/10/2021 12:28:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Years ago I was lucky enough to spend time with a Hopi elder who guided me and a group of friends through several sacred sites of his ancestors and learning about their history, I was stuck by how kind he was. His knowledge has been handled down for centuries and he was a gifted speaker. We then went back to his mothers home and she prepared food for us and we visited for hours after the trip. These people who have endured so much disrespect and brutality from our nation, and who live an impoverished life compared to most Americans are truly beautiful people. This country owes them a huge debt that still hasn’t been paid yet, and we need to get over our guilt and show them the respect they so dearly deserve. Over 80% of the Navajo nation do not have access to fresh drinking water. Our government spends trillions of dollars on weapons of mass destruction, yet these people have to drive hours just to get fresh drinking water.......

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