A good friend to the ManKind Project transitioned out of the mundane for the last time recently. On February 20, 2018 Chief Mel Lone Hill, was declared gone in Rapid City, SD.

He went through the NWTA (New Warrior Training Adventure) in 2007 after being an advisor on cultural issues to MKP for many years. His name among us was Red Hawk.

His Mission was to restore the horse culture of his people. He was instrumental in establishing the Lakota Riders Association and the development of Memorial Rides along historic trails. He raised horses to give away to adolescents and organized Sobriety Rides in the Badlands. Anyone interested in supporting this important work, the Lakota Riders, or helping the family, can contact the LKS Headmen.

He was buried facing west in his horse pasture with his spurs, his hat, his gloves, and his boots. His favorite saddle was placed on the plain pine box before the Earth was laid in, honoring Her claim upon us all.

Obituary in the Rapid City Journal. Obituary from the Sioux Funeral Home.

Additional photos:

From left: Jenny Parker, Northern Cheyenne, Mel Lone Hill, Oglala, and Chubbs Thunderhawk, organizers and supporters of Lakota Memorial riders. Photo by Clara Caufield

Mel Lonehill speaks with Bernie Sanders at a rally in 2016.

Chief Mel Lone Hill, talks about the problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at the Pine Ridge Reservation Community Discussion with Bernie in Pine Ridge, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press