Russell Means Dies at 72, Native American Activist

By: Chad Sweely - October 22, 2012

Various active Native American tribes mourn today as a great friend and activist has now departed. Russel Means, an Oglala Sioux activist, and active member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) has died today (Monday, October 22nd, 2012).

Means became involved with the American Indian Movement in 1968. At the start of his involvement, Means participated in various protests and occupations, later becoming a prominent leader of the group; however, Means left the movement in 1974 to run for the presidency of his native tribe Oglala Sioux (OST) against the incumbent Richard Wilson. He also started working with and keeping relations with the United Nations to have their heritage visible within its workings.

Means also developed an acting career, and is mostly known for his role as Chief Chingachgook in The Last of the Mohicans. He also portrayed the voice of Powhatan in Pocahontas (1995), along with its sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998). Recently, Means starred a role in the movie Pathfinder (2007), where Vikings battle against Native Americans.

On October 22nd, 2012, Russell Means passed away due to a longer battle with cancer at the age of 72. Various fans and supporters of Means’ traditions, acting, and beliefs have left their respects via Twitter:

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Chad SweelyChad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.

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  • Mark Edwards

    A “spirit” never dies only solace with the sparrors and the crow ajourney it to embrace a powerful acquaintance with crossing over to the other side. RUSSELL MEANS shall be miss by many including his enemies world wide…

    I once a harvest is never plentiful nor the seed which produce the harvest, that what the invaders did… They were poisoness “seeds” raping a inoccent harvest of it Voice, it People, it Land, it Resources and the self determination struggle of accountability.

    As Obama and Rommey debate over frivolious pretend economics and it
    alleged crisis, my attention was and continue to be place upon a legion, voice and friend too many “THE REAL HISTORICAL MOMENT AND ECONOMIC BRIDGE TO DISCOVERY” RUSSELL MEANS___ A campanion and true pioneer of self consciousness ARISING IN THE REAL MANKIND RECLAIMING THEIR LAND!

  • joe wade

    Now we have the “Last Real Indians” to follow up with the destruction of destroyers, a ripple of upcoming wanders who mimic those who never were warriors.

    Many people have and will continue to support murderers of innocents, that is their choice to carry the blood of innocents on their hands by doing so, not me, i don’t care where they are, in another world or whatever, I hold no respect or regard for the likes of Means.

    Truths maintain their value when one is dead or alive, Means and Vern will wander with the blood of innocents on his hands, and those who support them wear that blood the same, these are basic laws of morals and ethics , and death does not wash that away.

    History nor the media can wash away what Means, Banks, Vern, Clyde, Crow Dog, / AIM has done, the murders of innocents such as Perry Ray Robinson Jr., Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, the women murdered at the AIM wounded knee occupation as reported by spiritual leader Matthew King to the FBI, nor the numerous other innocents murdered over the years, nor the rapes, beatings and abuse children have had to endure over the years because of their actions and bastardized teachings and hijacking of spirituality.

  • http://qwerty611 walter

    Wasn’t this the guy on that tv add who cryed because of the forest fire? Looks just like him.I think it was a forest fire, but not sure.

  • Chris Roberts

    American Indian Patriot Russell Means, in Memoriam | The Progressive: