Means was all too well understood by his fellow Indians on Pine Ridge but elsewhere, his legacy abounds with false and fawning history. His enrollment card shows that he was Dakota, not Lakota, not a big deal unless you're pretending to be something you are not. His troubling personal history in California and Ohio is generally ignored, as are his numerous crimes against other Indians, such as his reported involvement in the murder of tribal council member Leo Wilcox at Wounded Knee in 1973, his rape of Suzanne Dupree on the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972, and his involvement in the 1975 execution-style murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. When Means wrote in his book that his escape plan from a murder-trial courtroom was to “…take white women as hostages, tape guns to their throats, and make a run for it,” and that he and his partner in crime, Dennis Banks, could make people "disappear," it was not his usual bluster; he meant it. He lived it. While it may seem like honoring him is the right thing to do, it is an extreme affront to his victims. Honoring the truth is far preferable, and becoming better informed about a very disturbed man. A good place to start is American Indian Mafia.
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 22:59