Tom Hayden Remembers Russell Means in The Nation
Tom Hayden wrote about Russell Means on The Nation.com. He begins:
"Russell Means, who died on Tuesday, kept a place here in Santa Monica in recent years, with his wife, Pearl. Once my wife Barbara and I took our son Liam for a visit to meet this man we described as having fought a real war against the government. Still in good health a couple of years ago, Russell took great interest in our 10-year-old, as he did in all kids trying to understand the actual history of our country."
"Russell was a strong, imposing figure. It wasn’t only his braided hair or the beads around his neck; his clear eyes gazed as if it was 1873. He had Liam’s attention. When they shook hands, Russell told Liam that his grip needed to be firmer, he should stand up straight, and that he always should look the other person straight in the eye. Our son will not forget the quiet authority this man quietly commanded."
"Russell had that effect on people, the presence of a nineteenth-century warrior still alive as a force in the here and now. He touched millions.I therefore was quite shocked to see Russell with Pearl in a local restaurant a few months later, gaunt and frail from cancer."
Read the full article here: http://www.thenation.com/article/170774/remembering-russell-means#