Lehman Brightman Funeral Fund

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Dr. Lehman Brightman, who taught and made history, has died

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/19/activist-lehman-brightman-who-taught-and-made-history-has-died/ 

 

In Loving Memory~

Lehman L. Brightman, 1930 ~ 2017

Lehman Brightman, Educator, Activist, College Professor, Veteran, US Marine Corps, Korean Combat, Purple Heart, Father, Grandfather and Social change Icon for Indian Affairs, began his journey to the Spirit World, Sunday June 18, 2017, at Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek, California. Lehman lived his life in service to his Country and to American Indian People. When he saw a wrong, he took action to correct it!

 

Lehman L. Brightman was a ‘icke wicasa’, or common man in Lakota. A ‘icke wicasa’, lives by the principles of that term, in that he does not put himself above others, works as a warrior for his people, and lives his life in a good way, with respect and caring for the people.

This was Lehman Brightman, a warrior who fought for his people, standing in defiance to defend the rights of Native Americans. Where some men dream to lead, Lee stood up and led people to dream and achieve.

Lehman Brightman, a proud Sioux and Creek Indian was born April 28, 1930 to Lehman (Poogie) Brightman, Muscogee Creek, Eufaula, Oklahoma and Phoebe Kingman Brightman on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the age of 87, with his loving, devoted son Quanah at his side at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Walnut Creek, California.

Lee is survived by his son Quanah Parker Brightman, grandchildren Quanah Parker Burcell, Lozen Brightman, Phoebe Brightman and Star Brightman. Cousins, Debra Claymore/Cuny, Janet Ross, Mike Claymore, Connie Claymore/Schlotthauer, Vickie Claymore, Andrea Kingman/Robideau, A. Gay Kingman. Members: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Butch Felix, Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Trudy Felix Brightman, Member Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and sons, Lehman L. Brightman III. and Lakota Gall Brightman. Countless students, colleagues, Relatives and friends also mourn the loss of this legendary activist.

Lehman grew up in Indian Country, living in Oklahoma and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where his mother’s people were from. Growing up, he saw the unjust treatment of fellow Native people and he saw the poverty. His experiences and strong sense of social justice would shape his life as a leader, a teacher and an activist.

Lehman graduated from Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Oklahoma. A consummate athlete, Lehman excelled in sports, track and as a running back at Oklahoma State University. He was All American in Football and went on to play Pro Football in Canada until he injured his knee. After enlisting in the United States Marine Corp, Lehman served in Korea, where he was wounded in combat. He returned home with a Purple Heart, awarded for bravery and a renewed sense of purpose. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and continued his education at UC Berkeley, where he earned his Master’s degree and completed the coursework for his Doctorate.

It was glaringly apparent to him that history and education were lacking regarding the truths of American Indians. As an activist and a professor, he set out to make a change. In 1968, he founded United Native Americans, an Indian nonprofit organization to promote the progress and general welfare of American Indians. In 1969, he established and coordinated the first Native American Studies program in the United States at UC Berkeley while he was working on his Doctorate Degree. Lehman continued his career as a professor at the University of California - San Diego, Sacramento State University, DQU and Contra Costa College.

As an activist, often with his wife Trudy (Sicangu Lakota) at his side, Lee was determined to make a difference in Indian Country. He served as director of the San Francisco American Indian Center. If there were those in need, or cause to rally for those in need, Lehman was there. He was an eloquent speaker, capturing any audience with his wit, wisdom, clarity with a plethora of salty, ribald flavor. The media loved his powerful speeches and were drawn to him anytime he spoke. Lehman’s activism began in the Bay Area, but it extended worldwide. Lehman was involved in the occupation of Alcatraz and the takeover of Wounded Knee, and led the takeover of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota in 1970. Lee opened his home to Dennis Banks when he was a fugitive after the conflict at Wounded Knee, because he followed the way of an ‘icke wicasa’.

Lehman led investigations into seven Indian boarding schools and reservation hospitals, testifying in two U.S. Senate hearings on the poor service and abusive treatment of Indian people. He voiced his outrage about the sterilization of Native women in Indian hospitals and the medical experiments performed on Native people, including children without their full knowledge and consent. When he found out the Rapid City School System claimed a 2-mile limit and was going to stop the bus route to Children of Sioux Edition in North Rapid City, he went home to South Dakota and with friends, followers and the Media, he walked the distance to demonstrate and witness the length was far less than 2 miles so the children got their bus service.

Lehman Brightman is the former editor of the first National Indian newspaper called Warpath and author of numerous articles on federal boarding schools and the history of Indian Education. He traveled to Hampton, Virginia where his Grandfather “Kills First” Harry Kingman, went to school in the late 1890’s. Lehman did research on his Grandfather and early Boarding Schools. It is noted that Lehman’s Lala (Grandfather) Harry Kingman, as a young 7-year-old boy, witnessed the Battle of Little Big Horn from the Sioux Camp, when the Sioux defeated Custer. Then, some 15 years later, Kingman, went to School at Hampton Virginia.

Lehman was sought after by the Press and was a favorite of mainstream American media, he was a guest on the Phil Donahue show and did multiple guest spots on television and radio in the Bay Area and various places across the US.

In 1977, he was the first American Indigenous leader to meet Gandhi’s Fuji Guruji, and witnessed the Tokyo to Hiroshima Peace March by Guruji’s followers. Soon after, initiated with other Indigenous leaders, the Longest Walk of 1978 became the first ceremony in history to unite all the Indigenous tribes. Lehman was one of the National Coordinators of the Longest Walk in 1978 and The Long Walk for Survival in 1980.

In 2009, Lehman was honored by KQED-San Francisco during American Indian Heritage Month for his outstanding work in the American Indian community. In 2015, he was honored by the Indigenous Peoples United Nations (IPUN) Charter Ceremony, as an IPUN predecessor. These were but a few of the times he was honored for his dedication to Indian Country.

Lehman was an eloquent speaker and as a Sundancer, he held strong traditional spiritual beliefs. He was a son, a husband and father, a veteran, an activist, an educator, an author, an academic, a publisher, a leader, an elder and an ‘icke wicasa.’

In his honor and legacy, may we all fight the good fight for our people.

In his own Words: "Every mile of this country is stained with Indian blood, and every mile contains the bones of our ancestors. They fought and died that we may be here. The least we the living can do is to continue that fight. We are American Indians." Lehman Brightman

#Please RSVP for Mr Brightman's Funeral Services. 

Mr Brightman's Funeral will be on Friday, June 30, 2017 8 am to 10 am at the 

Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home

401 N. Main St.

Eufaula, Oklahoma

918 689-2553 

 


Burial: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 am to Noon at The Greenwood Cemetery Eufaula, McIntosh County, Oklahoma



Burial with military honors:  Friday, June 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm (estimated arrival time)

We are also need help in finding a Drum to Sing Honor Songs for Lehman Brightman and Dancers who would like to dance. 

 

Refreshments: Community Pot Luck. Please Bring Food & Drinks to Share. 







If You Can Help out with a Large or Small Contribution, Please Send to :

Quanah Brightman

165 22nd Street

Richmond, CA 94801

 (510) 672-7187 

#MoneyGram or #WesternUnion are Appreciated

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Just Returned from Laying My Father Dr. #LehmanBrightman to Rest in Eternal Peace back in Eufaula Oklahoma. I Want to Personally Thank everyone who Showed up to My Father's Funeral Services & Those whom Stayed Loyal to My Father & Our Family & those whom have Helped our Family with Prayer & Financial Assistance during these Hard Times. <3
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Legendary Indian activist Brightman dies
http://www.nativesunnews.today/news/2017-06-28/Top_News/Legendary_Indian_activist_Brightman_dies.html

Athlete, academic, principled activist, Brightman was larger-than-life

By NSNT Staff

LEHMAN BRIGHTMANWALNUT CREEK, CA –– Before the American Indian Movement, back in the socially turbulent 1960’s, a powerful voice for Indian rights arose in the larger-than-life activist, Lehman Brightman. The first to focus issues, galvanize protest, and conceive strategy, Brightman spent a half century in the trenches battling for Indian people and the principles of social justice.

Brightman died on Sunday, June 18. He was 87 years old.

What most will remember about the 6-foot-6, physically imposing Brightman, was not his size and strength, but his passion and the quality of his mind. Yes, he was considered profane and irreverent, but in his words was intelligent, informed and always principled perceptions of the Indian plight versus dominant culture duplicity.

Brightman was born on April 28, 1930, to Lehman (Poogie) Brightman, Muscogee Creek, Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Phoebe Kingman Brightman, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

He was raised in Oklahoma and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where his mother was an enrolled member. The things he saw in the reservation world, the poverty, the misery, the injustice, would shape his conscience and his activism.

Brightman excelled in sports, participating in track and as a running back at Oklahoma State University. He was All American in Football, playing in the Canadian professional league before forced to retire with an injury. When Korea came about, Brightman enlisted in the Marines, served in Korea, and was wounded in combat. He was awarded the Purple Heart, and returned home with a renewed sense of mission and purpose.

Brightman earned his Bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State, and then received a Master’s degree and completed the coursework for his doctorate at UC Berkeley.

In 1968, Brightman founded the United Native Americans, an Indian nonprofit organization to promote the progress and general welfare of Indians. A year later, he established and coordinated the first Native American studies program at UC Berkeley. He continued his education career at the UC San Diego, Sacramento State, DQU and Contra Costa College.

As an activist, he served as director of the San Francisco American Indian Center. He was involved in the Alcatraz Occupation in 1970, and the takeover of Wounded Knee. He also led the takeover of Mount Rushmore in 1970. Following Wounded Knee, Brightman offered sanctuary to AIM fugitive Dennis Banks.

The type of activism Brightman engaged in got results, and the target of his protest was not always the big picture, but the everyday struggle for quality of life. For example, when the racist Rapid City School District claimed Sioux Edition children lived outside their two-mile limit, and so the city did not have to bus them, Brightman walked the distance to prove it was less than two miles, and as a result the city was forced to bus these children.

Brightman was also a journalist, the former editor of the first national Indian newspaper, Warpath. In 2009, KQEDSan Francisco, honored Brightman during American Indian Heritage Month for his outstanding work in the Indian community.

“Every mile of this country,” Brightman once said, “is stained with Indian blood, and every mile contains the bones of our ancestors. They fought and died that we may be here. The least we the living can do is continue that fight. We are the American Indians.”

The life of Lehman Brightman could fill a book, and someday it will fill a book, but for now, all of Indian country has lost one of its greatest warriors and principled intellectuals.

He had a perception of Indian activism that belied his seemingly aggressive persona: “They’re defending themselves, not with violence. But all of sudden you have a new Indian emerging who is developing a new way to fight—the way of the tomahawk and the bow and arrow are long gone.”

Brightman said that Indians must become their own doctors and lawyers and teachers, and help themselves.



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#Please RSVP for Mr Brightman's Funeral Services.

Mr Brightman's Funeral will be on Friday, June 30, 2017 8 am to 10 am at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home 401 N. Main St. Eufaula, Oklahoma 918 689-2553 Burial: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 am to Noon at The Greenwood Cemetery Eufaula, McIntosh County, Oklahoma Burial with military honors: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm (estimated arrival time) We are also need help in finding a Drum to Sing Honor Songs for Lehman Brightman and Dancers who would like to dance. Refreshments: Community Pot Luck. Please Bring Food & Drinks to Share.

If You Can Help out with a Large or Small Contribution, Please Send to : Quanah Brightman 165 22nd Street Richmond, CA 94801 (510) 672-7187 #MoneyGram or #WesternUnion are Appreciated
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So Far We have Raised $2,923of $10k #Please RSVP for Mr Brightman's Funeral Services. Mr Brightman's Funeral will be on Friday, June 30, 2017 8 am to 10 am at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home 401 N. Main St. Eufaula, Oklahoma 918 689-2553 Burial: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 am to Noon at The Greenwood Cemetery Eufaula, McIntosh County, Oklahoma Burial with military honors: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm (estimated arrival time) We are also need help in finding a Drum to Sing Honor Songs for Lehman Brightman and Dancers who would like to dance. Refreshments: Community Pot Luck. Please Bring Food & Drinks to Share. If You Can Help out with a Large or Small Contribution, Please Send to : Quanah Brightman 165 22nd Street Richmond, CA 94801 (510) 672-7187 #MoneyGram or #WesternUnion are Appreciated
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$100
Anonymous Anonymous
9 months ago

I'm sorry this is so little so late. Your father taught me to be proud of my SELF and who I am. I love him very much. Thank you for taking care of him.

$100
Gaston Lion
23 months ago

Dear Quanak, My condolences to you and your familly. Lee was my first Indian friend. We met first time in december 1970 and again in 71 and 73. He introduced me in the fight for indian right, I still continue it today. Farewell, my brother, be sure you stay in my loving memory. Gaston

$100
Jeffrey Shurtleff
24 months ago

Nothing is ever lost. Rest in Power and glory

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Anonymous
24 months ago
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Anonymous
24 months ago
$18
Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli
24 months ago
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When Lee Brightman was introduced to me in 1976 by Dennis Banks, I thought he was very handsome. At lunch, the waitress admired his long braids. Lee and Dennis were both pleased by that, commenting between them that such a thing never used to happen.

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$30
Phillip Mehas
24 months ago

From our first meting in 1968 I have always held Lehman as a symbol of strength and heart, and he will continue to be.

IC
$50
International Indian Treaty Council
24 months ago

From all of us in the International Indian Treaty Council we send our condolences to to the family, friends and colleagues of Lehman Brightman, a courageous warrior for human rights and especially the rights of Indigenous Peoples. His many contributions have given him a place of honor in the history of the movement. We are sure that he will also be welcomed home with great joy and honor by his ancestors.

$25
Andrea Carmen
24 months ago

My Thoughts and Prayers for a peaceful journey home to one of my first mentors in the movement. Lehman Brightman was our faculty adviser for the Coalition Against Sterilization Abuse Student Organization back in 1975 at UC Santa Cruz . He was the one that first introduced me to Bill Wahpepah and encouraged me to reach out to the newly formed IITC to get their support for our work against forced sterilization. He was a big part of my history in this work, and was an even bigger part of the history of the movement for the rights Indigenous Peoples. His insight, commitment, courage and humor will be long remembered. I am just happy he is strong, healthy and free now. With my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this great man.

JP
$25
Jennifer M Lehmann PhD
24 months ago
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