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Bands of warriors: U.S. Marines prepare to transfer the flag-drapedcasket carrying Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, 22, from a hearse to a wagon lastSaturday on the road leading to Kyle, S.D.“He earns the American flag from his government,” says Vietnam veteranJohn Around Him. “He earns the eagle feather from his people.”
Funeral procession: Indians from the Pine Ridge reservation carry handmadequilts behind the casket of Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom as they make theirway to Little Wound High School for a 42-hour wake. Lundstrom enlisted inthe Marines in January 2003. “Not only did he volunteer as a Marine, hevolunteered to be infantry,” says his father, Ed Lundstrom.
Chief John Spotted Tail, Rosebud, South Dakota, watches as Marinestransport the casket of Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed in Iraqon January 7, 2006, into Little Wound School in Kyle, South Dakota, onJanuary 14, 2006. Wake services were held for the next three days at theschool. Lakota traveled from throughout the area to pay their respects tothe 21 year old Marine.
Staff of honor: Louis Kills Straight holds a staff adorned with buffalohair and eagle feathers, along with photos of tribal members who areserving in Iraq. Lundstrom, 22, was killed Jan. 7 in Fallujah.
Home of the Mustangs: The body of Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who waskilled by small-arms fire Jan. 7 in Fallujah, lies in state in a flag-drapedcasket inside a 30-foot tepee set up in the gymnasium of Little Wound HighSchool on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. U.S. Marines took shiftsstanding guard at the entrance.
William Under Baggage, uncle of Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed inFallujah on January 7, 2006, walks around the Little Wound School gymwhile holding high a photo of the Marine. Wake services for Marine Cpl.Brett Lundstrom were held January 14-16 at the Little Wound School inKyle, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Honor for bravery: An eagle feather rests on the body ofCpl. Brett Lundstrom during his wake Sunday at Little Wound High Schoolin Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The feather was set inplace the evening before during a traditional naming ceremony. “His name isWanbli Isnala,” his great-uncle, Birgil Kills Straight, said. It translates to“Lone Eagle.”
Grieving family: Doyla Underbaggage Lundstrom, mother of Cpl. BrettLundstrom, breaks down as Capt. Chris Sutherland presents her and EdLundstrom, Brett’s father, with their son’s watch and dog tags Sundayduring the wake in the gymnasium at Little Wound High School.
Customary gift: Ed and Doyla Lundstrom give a quilt to honor guard memberLance Cpl. Zachary Borley during their son’s wake. Such quilts usually sell forup to $600. “Earthly property, it doesn’t mean nothing right now — it’s lifethat has worth,” says war veteran Sylvester Bad Cob.
Sylvester Bad Cob, center, a veteran of WWII and Korea, gathers withother Lakota veterans in the cafeteria of Little Wound School in Kyle,South Dakota, on January 15, 2006. Lakota veterans from throughout thearea gathered to pay their respects to Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, whowas killed in Iraq on January 7, 2006.
Everett Thunder Bull, Martin, SD, a Vietnam Veteran with the Wild Horse ButteTokala veterans society, looks at a display honoring Lakota who are serving in themilitary on a wall at Little Wound High School in Kyle, SD. Thunder Bull dons aneagle feather, which all Lakota warriors receive when they return from war.
Saying goodbye — for now: Amanda Munoz, of Thornton, kisses her cousin,Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, during his wake Sunday in Kyle, S.D.Lundstrom was buried Wednesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery inDenver. American Indians have the highest per-capita participation in thearmed services of any ethnic group. Lundstrom’s father, Ed, now retired,was a career Marine.
William Under Baggage, uncle of Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed inIraq on January 7, 2006, bangs a drum during a hair cutting ceremony, duringwhich relatives put locks of their own hair in the Marines casket. Lundstrom, whowas Oglala Sioux, lied in state at the Little Wound School in Kyle, SD.
Marines stand at attention over the casket of Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, whowas killed in Iraq on January 7, 2006, in front of a tipi at Little WoundSchool in Kyle, South Dakota, on January 15, 2006. According to Lakotatradition, Lunsdtrom was put in the tipi over night to communicate with hisrelatives who have passed before him, who will guide him to the spirit world.
Samantha Janis,16, far left, hugs her aunt, Vernona Under Baggage, asthey follow the casket of Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed inIraq on January 7, 2006, as he is taken from Little Wound School in Kyle,South Dakota,on Monday, January 16, 2006. Lundtsrom, who was Lakota,was honored in Kyle by the Native American community during a three daywake.
A woman watches as Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed in Iraq onJanuary 7, 2006, leaves Little Wound School in Kyle, SD, after a two nightwake on Monday, January 16, 2006. He was later buried at Fort LoganNational Cemetery.
A horse drawn wagon carries the casket of Cpl. Brett Lundstrom on theroad leading to Kyle, SD, on Saturday, January 14, 2006. As a Lakota, theMarine was honored during a three day wake service at the Little WoundSchool in Kyle, SD. Lundstrom was killed in Fallujah on January 7, 2006,and will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
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