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  Means, Russell
<-  2012-03-01  
NameRussell Means
Black Hills, South Dakota , United States
Website [Link]
Born November 10, 1939
DiedOctober 22, 2012 (72 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 04, 2016 01:42am
Tags Native American - Libertarian - Pro-Choice - Married - Cancer -
InfoRussell Means was born November 10, 1939 on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the Black Hills of South Dakota. In the late 60s, Means began his fight for Indian rights with the "American Indian Movement" (AIM). He became the first national director of AIM and has remained active in the movement for the past 27 years.

In 1964, Means was among the Indian activists including his father "Hank Means," who occupied San Francisco's Alcatraz Island in an AIM-led protest lasting 19 months. In 1973, Means helped lead the AIM take over of Wounded Knee. In occupying this site of a 1890s massacre of Indians by US cavalry, AIM was attempting to regain lands granted to the Lakota in the 1868 Laramie treaty. Both events brought worldwide attention to the injustices and privation faced by American Indians past and present.

As an actor, Means has appeared in such films as "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and provided the voice of "Powhatan" in Disney's "Pocahontas" (1995). St. Martin's Press published Mean's autobiography, "Where White Men Fear to Tread," in 1995.

Means and his wife Pearl are currently building "Treaty Total Immersion School" on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Through "total immersion" in the Lakota way of life, children will be instilled with the pride and confidence to face any challenge.

Means is currently selling a series of limited edition prints of his original art to benefit the Total Immersion School, a 501(c)3 entity. This series, called "The Indian Killers," includes the following paintings:

* General Armstrong Custer (1839-1876)
* Christobal Colon, AKA Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
* George Washington (1732-1799)
* Philip H. Sheridan (1831-1888)
* Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
* Christopher ("Kit) Carson (1809-1868)
* Daniel Boone (1734-1820)
* David ("Davy") Crockett (1786-1836)
* Reverend J.M. Chivington (1820-1894)
* Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
* General George Cook (1828-1890)
* Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784)



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Where White Men Fear to Tread : The Autobiography of Russell Means  Purchase Picimpalious 

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 22, 2012 09:25am Obituary Russell Means, Indian activist, actor, dies at 72  Article Thomas Walker 
Aug 18, 2011 10:55pm General Activist Russell Means fighting esophageal cancer  Article Miro 
Sep 21, 2006 04:00pm News (Russell) Means could face local charges  Article Thomas Walker 
Dec 02, 2004 12:00am News Russell Means Sues After Losing Sioux Race  Article Thomas Walker 
Nov 04, 2004 12:00am News Woman defeats Russell Means in Pine Ridge race  Article Thomas Walker 
Oct 25, 2004 12:00am Endorsement Means endorses Nader for president  Article Thomas Walker 
Oct 08, 2004 12:00am News Means wins tribe primary election  Article Thomas Walker 
Sep 24, 2004 12:00am Election Guide Tribes in midst of election activity  Article Thomas Walker 

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