Someone You Should Know: David Brave Heart

Leading the reconciliation efforts in Mankato is the way David Brave Heart shows love to his community.
Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 10:04 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2022 at 8:59 PM CST
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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Leading the reconciliation efforts in Mankato is the way David Brave Heart shows love to his community.

“It’s an effort in reconciling what happened here in 1862, try to bring a sense of healing, understand, educate the people. And we are still doing that. That’s our goal is to bring back the feeling of working together,” Brave Heart says.

Now Brave Heart and his family are needing love in return.

“I had these symptoms, but they were kind of odd like weakness in my left thumb and my right foot,” Brave Heart says. “Then the slurred speech started. So I thought well, maybe something is going on there. Or am I just getting old? Is this what happens to old people. But I didn’t see it happening to anyone else.”

Brave Heart was diagnosed with ALS in October 2021.

Now the Brave Hearts, as they have had to do many times throughout life, are learning how to move forward.

“It’s progressive. There is no cure. We have the mindset of being proactive. So we start looking at what do we have to do to make our house handicap accessible,” Brave Heart said.

And that is just the beginning, more help will be needed as time marches on.

“Dave is slowing down pretty quickly. Every month, every week we are having to make adjustments to his health, his eating, his mobility,” Sarah Brave Heart said.

While Dave continues on his own path to healing, he’ll continue to help his community heal as well.

“I’m really proud of Dave for keeping his sense of humor through ALS and also his desire to stay true to the course,” Sarah Brave Heart said. “He plans to stay very involved with that Pow Wow, especially this year with the 50th anniversary. He plans to continue working, He wants to keep life as normal as we can. And I think our kids and our community are rising to that challenge to support Dave in doing the work he is passionate about for as long as he can.”

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