Dave was born June 25, 1930 on Pine Ridge Reservation. He passed to the Spirit World on June 10, 2005 in Oregon. His Lakota name is Wakinyan. He is also related to Kicking Bear through his father, Elbert Chief. His grandfather, Silas Fills the Pipe was a catechist with Black Elk on the Pine Ridge Reservation for many years too. Dave's great grandfather was Red Dog, a signer of the 1868 treaty. Dave had many sisters and brothers.
Dave was a runner and ran three times across the USA for Lakota freedom causes: The Trail of Broken Treaties, 1972, The Longest Walk, 1978 and Jim Thorpe Longest run. Dave was a boxer in his late teens and early 20's and was in the Army for a short time in Korea too.
Dave was spiritual advisor to Leonard Peltier, incarcerated Oglala Lakota, and a respected spiritual elder to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred Bundle of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation.
Letakots-Lesa is chief of the Pita-hau-erat band, one of the four divisions of the Pawnees. As part of his ceremonial dress he wears a necklace of bear-claws, for he is one of the Bear Society, a turban of otter-skin, and two eagle-feathers in his hair.
-- Natalie Curtis in _The Indians' Book: An offering by the American Indians of Indian lore, musical and narrative, to form a record of the songs and legends of their race_, (New York; London: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1907), p. 96.
Mercè Piqueras is biologist, science writer, science editor and translator. She is also a collaborator of the Microbial-Ecology Group of the University of Barcelona, associate Editor of International Microbiology, President of the Catalan Association for Science Communication, Vice-President of the Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology and a member of the Council of the European Association of Science Editors. Member of several committees on science in society and science communication, she sits on the Women’s Council of Barcelona and is a member of the Local Organizing Committee of the European Science Open Forum 2008. She is also coauthor of Walks Through the Scientific World of Barcelona, and was awarded the “Premi de Literatura Científica 2004” for her popular-science book “Cròniques de l’altra veritat”.
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