Native American activist Russell Means died early Monday from throat cancer, an Oglala Lakota Sioux nation representative said.
Means led a 71-day uprising on the sacred grounds of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973.
"Means has devoted his life to eliminating racism of any kind, and in so doing he leaves a historical imprint as the most revolutionary Indian leader of the late twentieth century," his website said. "An inspirational visionary, Russell Means remains one of the most magnetic voices in America today.
"Whether leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, starring in a motion picture, or performing his Â“rap-ajoÂ” music, the message he delivers is consistent with the philosophy he lives by."
Travel safe to the spirit world and thank you for all of your teachings.
To my dear brother and fellower believer, may the spirits usher you into perfect peace.
The US Govt., Dept of Interior, BLM and US Treasury have been raping and stealing from the American Indian for over 200 years. Nothing is going to change.
Yes... keep blaming others for what happened in the PAST... Don't concentrate on the real issue, which is raising your kids! Teenage pregnancy is extremely high in the Native American population, and I hope your sitting down, daddy is rarely around. All problems start at home, just because you're poor doesn't mean you get a pass to be a bad parent. Native Americans are provided free housing, something most of us wish we had. This is America, if you want something, you have to go out and earn it! But I know it's much easier to dwell on the past and blame everyone else for something that happened long before you were even born. That seems to be working out great. Mr. Means was an activist, and he worked hard for what he believed and achieved great things.
You're right. Native Americans should just lay down and take it, just like any other victim. You have my pity.
NO, DG, they do not get free housing. Many live in poverty.
Contrary to popular opinion American Indian's don't get free housing on most reservations – they pay for their homes .... have been passed down – AND have you seen what you call "FREE" housing on reservations like the one Russell lived on? You should Google Pine Ridge Reservation homes.... you might not feel so righteous after you do.... typical Euro-perspective.... while you're at it Google fossil fuel extraction on Native American lands – you'll also find a history of environmental and human health problems created by the coal, oil, gas, and uranium mining over the decades.... and after that search: Trail of Broken Treaties....
What happened in the PAST? How about what is still ongoing? Americans are woefully undereducated about Native peoples.
They have every opportunity to be educated as everyone else! It starts at home, with the PARENTS, not the government! I grew up on a reservation in SD, and went to school in a mostly Native American school. So don't lecture me about Native Americans when you've probably never been here and rely on TV to tell you what's going on. What happened in the past was horrible, everyone knows that, but my goodness, it's WAY past time to get over that, and start working for a brighter future for your kids, and make your ancestors (the one's that truely suffered) proud.
But when an NDN murders another NDN, he is deemed a Native American hero?
R.I.P: Those who fight for their rights and the right of others will always be remembered.
I met Russell Means in 1980. He had just concluded a typically long day with an address to a religious group. I hadn't planned on seeing him, but as he came out of the main meeting hall, I happened to be there. I recognized him and spoke, expected a nod as he passed. Instead he stopped and talked for several minutes–mostly about the AIM, but also about some personal stories from his youth that had influenced him. I'll never forget his graciousness in stopping to talk.
RIP Russel. A legend and an American indeed,
he was a Great leader. He will be missed. All thoughts and prayers to his close family and his Native Amercian family.................
Rest In Peace Russell, you have been a great inspiration to you people.
There is no such thing as a Native American – there are only Americans or, if you insist on applying some sort of time standard to Americanism, then there are Early Americans and ...uh...Later Americans.
How about starting to use the correct designation, huh?
How about some respect for a great man who cared about mankind in general?
Please drop the PC today, out of respect to a man who did important things for our country.
Actually, the correct terminology is First Nations people. It helps to remember that we were here 10,000 years before Europeans or others arrived on these shores.
Early Americans that's a laugh. America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, who came here around 1500. Calling native people Americans would be no different than calling them Columbians. You think, in your distorted PC mind, that calling them "Indians" is somehow an epiphet. Yet, at least the people who originally called them Indians thought they were actually in India, so they thought they were using the right and respectful word. It turns out their geography wasn't correct, but they hadn't intended to mislabel them. Those who call them any kind of American, well that's the part that ought to be insulting.
in 2004, 2011 AIM members Arlo looking cloud and John graham convicted for the murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Thelma Rois convicted for kidnapping , these trials with over a half dozen AIM witness testimony established AIM leadership ordered the execution of Annie Mae, for 30+ yrs Russell LIED to the world, then after the truths came out he declaired the murder and trials to be a political ploy saying the FBI made them murder Annie Mae, ....... many people have and will continue to support murders of innocents, that is their choice to carry the blood of innocents on their hands by doing so, not me, i don't care whrere they are, in another world or whatever, they still have the blood of innocents on their hands .... good riddens to the smuck
You moron. He had nothing to do with that murder and testified against those who did.
Agree with everything except the "good riddance..." comment.
Thank you Russell for trying to make the world a better place for all people.
now leonard has no one to fight for him RIP Russel
Lenoard Peltier should be fighting for himself, which he refuses to do. The film Incident at Oglala (1992) included the AIM activist Robert Robideau saying the FBI agents had been shot by a 'Mr X'. When Peltier was interviewed about 'Mr X', he said he knew who the man was. The truth will set Lenoard free, so fess up!
This is supposed to be a reply to commenter "cherokee by blood" but it might not post in the right place. I believe you are speaking of the "Mr X" notion in the Peliter case as if it were valid. The Mr X story has been exposed as a total lie, and anyone informed about the case only brings it up as a sort of joke. Mr X was Dave Hill, and it was a transparent lie–a lie which Peter Matthiessen bought into, a serious blunder by him.
Sorry, I should have said a reply to AYankeeInTheSouth.
Now there are truly no more Mohicans.....He was a great actor and fine spirit!
May we all walk in the imprint of his mocassin a bit longer and a bit stronger.