Roselyn Louise Jumping Bull Holy Rock (1931 – 2015)
COLEMAN, FLORIDA — The mid-1970s were tumultuous on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Two years after the siege of Wounded Knee, the atmosphere was of fear due to the mysterious disappearance of American Indians, many of whom were found killed. In June 1975 Roselyn Louise Jumping Bull was among a group of Lakota who invited members of the American Indian Movement to camp on her parents’ land near Oglala, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
It was there two FBI agents were fired upon and died.
In 1977 Leonard Peltier, a tribal citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, was convicted of killing the two agents and is now serving a life sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. Many people consider Peltier a prisoner of war.
Roselyn Louise Jumping Bull Holy Rock walked on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was 83.
Her funeral service will be conducted today, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Oglala.
Leonard Peltier has been in prison for nearly 40 years
Earlier this week Leonard Peltier released the following statement on the passing of Jumping Bull Holy Rock:
Greetings My People, Friends and Supporters.
It is always hard to accept the passing of our elders, especially whenit is one who has spent so many years of their life fighting for their People’s survival.
For me, Roselyn’s passing is very difficult because I knew her
personally. She was a great friend, a loyal fighter, and a tireless
supporter of my freedom. I loved her and I certainly will miss her
Roselyn fought hard in dangerous times. America was at the point of exterminating Native People, The Termination Act was full speed forward in 1958 and she was in the thick of it. It could have been the end for our Peoples.
THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY MORE RESERVATIONS,
NO more Native Lands, NO more Native Nations and, in time, no more Native Peoples.
All there would have been is just very short mention of Native Peoples disappearing.
In the 1950s, they began to call US THE VANISHING AMERICANS.
Their plan was simple termination. This is an old idea that started way back in the 1700s, a long time plan started by the British, and the end result would have been we would be gone.
The Nations would have been gone and the People relocated where they would intermarry with the outsiders. Over time, our blood line would have been gone. This is what assimilation is all about and Roselyn fought to protect us from it.
And, so we fought and in many ways we won. Our Nations are still here. Our Peoples still breathe the air of life. Roselyn played her part in it and it was a huge.
I know the Oglala people are very proud of Roselyn, as I am. And I join you in praying for a safe journey for her, and that she’ll find her family and friends and be happy. I know that she will.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
NOTE: Leonard asks that his supporters please assist Roselyn Jumping Bull’s family with their funeral expenses. If you wish to send a check or money order, please mail to Yvonne Long Visitor (Roselyn’s daughter), 127 Pinedale Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702. You may still donate online, as well, at http://www.gofundme.com/urdk4g