Yellow Bird: Making the final journey
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"Lateman Fox, my relative, drew a line last week that said enough is enough. He stopped his kidney dialysis and began to prepare himself in the traditional way to cross over.

He's had diabetes for many years.

Lateman married into the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux tribe and lived at Fort Totten, N.D., most of his adult life with his wife, Winona, and their 10 children. My brother took me to their house one day several years ago. They welcomed me as a part of their family, and I have felt at home at their place since.

If he is sleeping or in his bedroom when I get there, he hears me talking in the kitchen and wheels his way to the table. He had both legs amputated a few years ago, and if he had not chosen to quit dialysis, he next would have lost his hands. . ."

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