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Tribe Says Boy Can't Be Related to Crazy Horse

August 20, 1986|From Reuters

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — A 13-year-old American boy on a bar mitzvah visit to Israel cannot be a descendant of Crazy Horse as he and his mother claim because the legendary Indian chief had no children, a leader of the Oglala Sioux tribe said Tuesday.

"According to the genealogical chart of Crazy Horse, he did not have any children, nor are there any surviving descendants," said Ramon Bear Runner, executive director of the 20,000-member Oglala Sioux tribe.

Bear Runner said he and other tribal officials never heard of Little Sun Bordeaux until this week, when news reports emerged from Tel Aviv about his trip to Israel.

Little Sun, who has said he is the great-grandson of Crazy Horse, met Israeli President Chaim Herzog on Tuesday during a well-publicized visit to Jerusalem and planned to celebrate his bar mitzvah Thursday at the Western Wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

When questioned in Jerusalem about the tribe's challenge to his claim, Little Sun's mother, the former Armalona Greenfield, said he belongs to the Oglala Sioux tribe, which considers Crazy Horse an ancestor.

Little Sun, who wore a Jewish skullcap above his Sioux Indian headband while meeting Herzog, arrived in Israel on Monday from his home in Spokane, Wash., with his mother, who is Jewish.

Little Sun said he wants to become a rabbi and use his position to help American Indians.

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