~Melvin Custer Jordan~ 2011-05-11 / The Holy Road
Hakikta Najin Jordan died April, 4th 2011 in the arms of his wife in an intensive care unit at the University Hospital Gentofte north of Copenhagen in Denmark due to pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
He was born November 23rd, 1941, at Red Shirt Table on the Pine Ridge Reservation as Melvin Custer Jordan. His birth was not registered before the spring of 1942 because of a particularly bad winter that year. He registered on the Rosebud Reservation. His mother's maiden name was: Leah Arcoren, the father's name was Everett Jordan Jr.
In January 1995, he married a Danish woman and moved to Montana and then later to Alaska. In November 1995, they settled down in Denmark. He always stated, that he loved his life in Denmark because of no stress and hardship.
In 1996 he was appointed by Willie Kindle, President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council and The Rosebud Sioux Tr ibe to be the Cul tural Ambassador to Denmark.
Hakikta Najin taught, performed and did speeches about Lakota thoughts and spirituality in Denmark and all over Europe.
He was kind to everybody, fought hard against prejudice and racism. He hated what was happing to mother earth. He wanted to give back to her, what was taken. He honored the plants, trees, and animals.
His beloved little dog Shunka got sick in 2010, and he wanted to Sun dance for all the four legged. He was in the middle of his preparations for going to the Hollow Horn Bear Sun Dance on the Rosebud Reservation, when he got sick and passed over - just after 10 days in a University Hospital north of Copenhagen.
In Denmark he leaves behind his wife, dog and a big family of in-laws and friends all over Europe. In the USA he leaves behind four brothers and one sister, relatives and a lot of good friends.
Hakikta writes about himself in 2005:
My guidance in LAKOTA THOUGHT AND PHYLOSOPHY began, when I was six years old in 1947, I was taught by my grandfather Stephen Brave Bird until 1951. At the age of 10, I was taken from my grandfather and forced to attend a catholic boarding school on the reservation. I refused to cooperate after they cut my hair off and after they beat me, because I could not speak English. So I burned their church and ran away, because I was still my grandfathers' little warrior. I did not return to the Lakota lifestyle until 1989, when my brother found me and asked me to return to the reservation to help him, because he was dying of cancer. At the age of 47, I finally returned to Rosebud.
Joe Eagle Elk - a medicine man living on the Rosebud Reservation helped me return to the old ways and remember the language. Joe also helped me remember the traditions and during that year, and prepared me for my first SUN DANCE.
In 1993, during the fourth day of the Sun dance, a naming ceremony was announced, in which I was given the name of my great-grandfather Hakikta Najin.
In 1999, at the Hollow Horn Bear Sun dance, I completed my 8th year of Sun dance. Right after this Sun dance, a veteran ceremony took place, at that time I became the leader of the TOKALA - the honored and traditional veteran society. …….
In 1995, I married Marianne, who is Danish by birth and since then I have lived with her and my little doggy Shunka in Denmark. Together we exhibit traditional dances and do speeches on the Lakota history, culture and life style of today, - in various countries. And I have individual and group sessions about Lakota Thought and Philosophy.
In 1996, the President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (a sovereign nation of the Sicangu Lakota), appointed me the cultural ambassador to Denmark.
I am very happy in Denmark.
Hakikta Najin left a certified will in which he wanted to be cremated and buried in the local graveyard close to his Danish home.
A Lakota ceremony was held April 30th 2011 in his honor at noon, at the Civic hall, and at Mariebjerg graveyard close to his Danish home. He was cremated right after and his urn was set to rest in a place he himself had pointed out two years earlier in the natural part of the grave yard.