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Native American activist Russell Means dies
Russell Means, who led a 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, died Monday.
October 22nd, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Native American activist Russell Means dies

By Mallory Simon, CNN

(CNN) - 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 “rap-ajo” music, the message he delivers is consistent with the philosophy he lives by."

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  1. steve mills

    russell means is a true example of what a true lakota warrior should be . let it be known, how many leaders are willing to lead by example? russell was never afraid of repercussions towards him. a true lakota warrior will face danger no matter what the odds. russell will truley be missed among natives worldwide, maybe ,leaders across the nation will learn something from this one warriors action.

    November 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brock d'Avignon

    Russell used to eat Marxists for breakfast at the World congress of Indigenous Peoples asserting that private property, be it tribal or individual, was proper for claiming all other rights by history. That without that care of ownership, the environment belonging to everyone except a few political appointees in the name of all publics was a prescription for eco-disaster. He led as a libertarian American and world leader being unafraid of FBI guns or Hollywood cameras. He encouraged my Percentage As You Earn (PAYE) finance and finansurance research as more sensible than installment payments and is inflation-proof, two things that hurt poor people. He was far more than someone who dealt with issues of skin melanin, a great thinker for freedom. He will be missed.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. reasonablebe

    and he educated many of us about the real plight and the real wrongs of the american government and the non-indian people against the native peoples of this land.

    his voice will be missed. he changed the american world.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |