It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend & staff member, Leslie Walking Elk. Leslie was Winona’s adopted sister. Her loss was unexpected and we are pulling together for support during this difficult time.
For years, Leslie has been an educator and a long-time ally for Honor the Earth. Most recently, Leslie had been working as an Administrative Assistant in our Minneapolis office. A member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe of South Dakota, Leslie took great pride in her community and was a proud advocate for Native rights. She had a witty sense of humor and a great love for her people. This is a sad loss for the Native community and she will be dearly missed.
At this time, we understand that funeral services will be held in South Dakota (see below). Winona is also helping organize a Celebration of Life in the Minneapolis community. We appreciate your support during this difficult time. We are also working to set up a fund for those of you wishing to make a contribution in order to help with funeral expenses and we will post this information when it becomes available.
October 19th - Serenity Springs Viewing, 5-7pm (Rapid City)
October 20th – Sacred Heart Wake – Meal at 5pm and Service at 6:30pm (Pine Ridge)
October 21st – Sacred Heart Funeral at 10am. Followed by graveside service and meal at Sacred Heart (Pine Ridge)
Details to be determined - Celebration of Life to be held in Minneapolis.