Richard Twiss Dies: Reconciler of Native Americans and Evangelicals

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Jetavan:
Richard Twiss, co-founder and president of Wiconi International, which seeks reconciliation between Native Americans and other Americans, died on Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013). He was 58.
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Richard was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota among his mother's, Winona (Larvie) LaPointe’s, people, the Sicangu Band of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Tribe. Richard's father, Franklin (Buster) Twiss (deceased) is Oglala from the Pine Ridge Lakota/Sioux Reservation also in South Dakota.
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In November of [1972] he was a participant, along with 600 other Native American people, in the armed forced takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office Building in Washington, D.C. It was during this tumultuous juncture and personal evolvement that he strengthened his connection, in a deeply meaningful way, with his relatives and Lakota culture.
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After moving to the island of Maui, and the witness of two Christian men, late one night, all alone on a deserted beach, Creator responded to Richard’s desperate prayer and made Himself know to him; from that night in 1974 till now, Richard has been on a spiritual journey to live a meaning life as Lakota follower of Jesus.
 

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