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RIP: Indian Country Reacts to Russell Means Passing

Society & Culture  (tags: Russell Means, AIM, native rights, Indian rigts, celebrity, obituary, news, society, politics, government, law, media, death, culture, americans )

- 2002 days ago -
Means, who died Monday from throat cancer at age 72, helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee -- a bloody confrontation that raised America's awareness about the struggles of Indians and gave rise to a wider protest movement that lasted for the rest

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Debra L (34)
Thursday October 25, 2012, 3:36 am
HE was a great role model for all Native people, he worked with AIM in his early years. He was from South Dakota, I used to live in Eaglebutte, SD. where some of his other close family members lived when I was younger. I will Always REMEMBER him for the Movies he was in also, he was GOOD at all things that he tried to do. I WILL MISS HIM TRULY as will a lot of PEOPLE now & in the FUTURE. His family is in OUR PRAYERS Now!!

Christeen A (370)
Thursday October 25, 2012, 7:32 pm
Enjoyed this article. Thank you for sharing. He will be missed.

Michael C (217)
Friday October 26, 2012, 2:56 am
This Man was a true American Hero, and most people don't even know who he was...I admired him greatly for his conviction, courage, and his trying to get the government to treat his people with respect, and dignity, and to keep the promises they made to the native people....Of course the Government failed miserably on every account...I hope you are free now, Russell...RIP, you deserve it...

Past Member (0)
Friday October 26, 2012, 4:11 am
Thanks, noted.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Friday October 26, 2012, 5:04 am
Rest in Peace.

Apolonia P (392)
Friday October 26, 2012, 10:29 am
I remember him because of his great role in great movie "The last Mohican"... RIP [*]...

mel c (2)
Friday October 26, 2012, 11:17 am
Rest in Peace, and may your knowledge live on

paul m (93)
Friday October 26, 2012, 3:47 pm

R.I.P. Thanks

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Friday October 26, 2012, 3:52 pm
Debra R. & Michael Carney expressed my thoughts and feelings on the life & passing of Russell Means.
His strength of spirit does not die but lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him, in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to call him friend and mentor, in the hearts and minds of those who were his adversaries.
Russell Means was a Native American man with the Spirit of a true Warrior on a mission, to bring equality, FREEDOM to his people. He had courage, foresight and steely self determination to persevere, without hesitation. He was a true Visionary at a time when Native Americans needed solid leadership.
Russell Means leaves his Living Legacy for future generations to learn and grow from ... Mitakuye Oyasin !
Prayers rising on smoke for Oyate Wacinyapin who truly did work for the people (meaning of his name) and who is finally FREE. . . . . . . and for his family.


Sheryl G (363)
Friday October 26, 2012, 4:56 pm
Thankfully, the family did a live feed for Russell's first of four Honorings and I was able to watch and feel a bit like I was there. Many will miss him, I among them. He was instrumental in bringing back to The People, a pride in the fact they were Indian. For too many years Indians were made to feel less than human, that was wrong, and his life he dedicated to bringing back some justice.

For anyone wanting to watch his last video he made and to know when his next 3 Honorings will be, the link below will connect you to the information.
Clouds Russell Means Last Video He Made For Us

Jim P (3257)
Friday October 26, 2012, 5:12 pm
Russel will be missed by many people...

Ty, Cal.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday October 26, 2012, 5:32 pm
Thanks Cal.

reft h (66)
Friday October 26, 2012, 6:20 pm
thanks for the post

Diane L (110)
Friday October 26, 2012, 11:13 pm
Russell is (was?) an example of a person who does not have to be "liked" to be respected. I am not Native American, but did respect this man for his courage and leadership. I saw him recently in, and actually recorded it, a documentary on PBS called "Reel Injun" which told about how Native Americans were depicted on film until recently. Russell Means was very outspoken about the injustices done to them for being played by blue-eyed Caucasians, such as Chuck Connors and Burt Reynolds (even though Reynolds does have Native blood). So many leaders passing recently, I find it sad. Half the people reading this will have no clue about what went down at Wounded Knee and will have to "Google" it.

James Merit (144)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 1:05 am
Thank you Russell Means, Bless you, Rest In Peace.

Amitav Dash (87)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 4:43 am
I'm confused... and you can hate me for asking this question... but how does someone who fights for justice partner with a sick, woman-hating, animal abusing bastard like Larry Flynt? Sorry, to me that cancels out any good you might have done in the world.

paul m (93)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 5:18 am


Nicole Maschke (11)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 5:18 am
America has lost a great patriot and a great friend. Godspeed to you Russel Means. Godspeed and safe journey.

Mike H (252)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 1:44 pm
He was a true warrior. RIP

Rita De Vos (87)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 11:30 am
Thank you very much Cal for this post! May Russel Means' Soul R.I.P.!
Thank you Rosemary, Dandelion & others for the wonderful comments you posted in here. I didn't happen to know Russel Means, but I sure wish I would have known him, but thanks to Dandelion's link I could now watch the last video he made... Thank you my friend ;)

Süheyla C (234)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:05 pm
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