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Russell Means Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 November 1939Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA
Date of Death 22 October 2012Porcupine, South Dakota, USA  (esophageal cancer)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination. (He lost the nomination to Congressman Ron Paul). Since 1992, Means has appeared in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994) and other movies. He has championed the rights of indigenous peoples in other countries as well as the U.S. In a televised speech to the 2000 Libertarian Party National Convention, Means said that he prefers the label "Indian" to the more politically-correct "Native American". "Everyone who is born in America is a native American", he said.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Miles Fowler<mnfowler@hotmail.com>

Spouse (1)

Pearl Daniel (8 May 1999 - 22 October 2012) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Ran for the nomination of the Libertarian Party as its candidate for President of the United States in 1988.
Running for governor of New Mexico as an Independant, was a Libertarian candidate but left party October 21 [2001]
Previous occupations include assistant golf pro, ballroom dance instructor, computer programmer, systems management director, and accountant.
In 1976, Andy Warhol made a portrait of Means, as part of his "American Indian Series" of portraits. The portrait can be viewed as part of the collection of the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute, among other institutions.
He had 10 children.
According to a report following his death, he had been married 4 times and survived by 10 children.

Personal Quotes (4)

The one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans.
All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on forever. No theory can alter that simple fact. Mother Earth will retaliate, the whole environment will retaliate, and the abusers will be eliminated. Things come full circle, back to where they started. That's revolution.
You see the one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not a Native American. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put "American" before my ethnicity. I'm not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.
Hollywood hasn't changed. It is the most racist, anti-Indian institution in the world.

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