Russell Means, political activist and early leader of the American Indian Movement, walked on October 22, at 4:44 a.m. at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota.

Breaking News: Russell Means Walks On


Russell Means has been called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times and recognized as a natural leader with a fearless dedication and indestructible sense of pride. This morning at 4:44 a.m. Means walked on amongst the ancestors.

Means was a political activist and an early leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who had counted nine assassination attempts on his life, lost his fight with cancer.

According to his son, Scott Means, “My dad now walks among our ancestors. He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 a.m. with the morning star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine[, South Dakota]. There will be four opportunities for the people to honor his life; to be announced at a later date. Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We love you. As our dad and husband would say, ‘May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.’”

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Submitted by rezrunner on
4:44 AM. Interesting time to move onto the Happy Huntin' Grounds. I, like I assume many in Indian Country have, met Russell long ago when I was an undergrad at U of Montana. He had given a lively talk in the ULH (an acronym for my fellow Griz) and during his talk I could only think about how he so captured and enamored the media. This man was the master at being the center of the press. I assume that there are varying opinions about calling attention to oneself, especially in Indian Country where humility is an espoused virtue. I was lucky enough to be granted an audience with Russell after his monologue, and I asked him how he managed to capture the press. He said that it was rather simple, he was himself, a proud Indian who was frustrated at injustices towards Indians. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind and he discovered that the media was enamored by the noble red man. He played their expected role knowing that he could get the message out that Indians have a voice that needed to be heard. I have heard from both sides of Indian Country about his approach, whether he was actually advocating Indian rights and freedom, or simply in it for himself. Well, that's to be decided by those who will see the Sun rise tomorrow. In the aggregate, think Russell did a good thing for us and I look forward to seeing what others inspired by his voice can do for Indian Country. 4:44 AM, yup, the man knew how to play his role to the very end. And that is a good thing. Happy hunting, Russell!

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Submitted by papamanari on
They failed to kill him with there bullets so they found a way to give him cancer. Stephen Donoho

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
He reminds me of the Commanche Chief Quanna Parker in his demeanor. Now there was a man that garnered the media's attention of that time. He was a man of means in those days, but he always had company or folks who needed some help so he gave what he had. He did not pass on a wealthy man due to the value he put into others first. However, Quanna died a wealthy man in the things that counted. He loved his people above himself & was honored by others because he always put others first. How we all could hope to be as Quanna was. Men & women of honor, putting others first & giving to all as we had means to help others with. THAT is what being wealthy in our world is about. Wealth in this world means nothing if you are not using it to help those who are far less fortunate. Our Creator smiles on those who give freely to those in need. I believe our brother, Pte Oley,( forgive me if I spelled your name incorrectly brother), recently wrote an article here about what Christmas really was about & how so many native peoples live in that spirit year around. Hoa.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
My condolenses to his family. He tried his best for our people. Good or bad he tried to help our nations stand tall and for that I pray the Great Spirit takes him home and into his loving arms.