Richard Twiss is a Native American educator and author. He is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He is the Co-Founder and President of Wiconi International (Wee-choe'-nee is Lakota for "life"). In 1972, Twiss was a participant in the forced occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building in Washington, D.C., with the radical political group, the American Indian Movement or "AIM." Twiss later became a Christian minister, author, and public speaker. He and his wife Katherine (married 1976), have four grown sons, and they currently have been residing in Vancouver, Washington since 1981. Richard's father, Franklin "Buster" Twiss was an enrolled member of the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. He was a SFC Army veteran, was born on May 7, 1927.
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