RUSSELL MEANS – native American – Lakotah

I am writing this article on Russell Means, Lakotah native American [living legend], to give awareness of what a free-thinking individual is capable of.  Whether you believe in what this Lakota living legend stands for is not the issue here.  What is important to understand is that LIFE is important.  Quality of Life is important.  Being is important.  Standing / Fighting to death if necessary for your Life and Beliefs is important.

We most likely are headed for conditions very soon which will try men’s hearts and souls.  Those of us who have seen war, prison, or devastating disasters will most likely lead others to survival.  The story of Russell Means is relevant in our time. 

After reading this article and those at the links above and watching the short video below, you may want to see a historic education video narrated by Russell Means…I feel the video is important, as Means is the LAST of Native Americans willing to speak thru generational wisdom of the land of the Americas.  He IS a living legend ..here is the link to the video:

Russell Means has lived a life like few others in this century – revered for his selfless accomplishments and remarkable bravery. He was born into a society and guided by way of life that gently denies the self in order to promote the survival and betterment of family and community. His culture is driven by tradition, which at once links the past to the present.

Thirty years ago, reflecting the consciousness of the sixties, he captured national attention when he led the 71-day armed takeover on the sacred grounds of Wounded Knee, a tiny hamlet in the heart of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Means joined The Longest Walk in 1978 to protest a new tide of anti-Indian legislation including the forced sterilization of Indian women. Following the walk, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution saying that national policy was to protect the rights of Indians, to believe, express and exercise their traditional religions, including but not limited to access to sites, use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.
Means participated -together with his father- in the 1964 Alcatraz occupation, as [by Bureau of Indian Affairs Treaty] any abandoned prison property is to be given to Native American tribes, and the US was in violation of the Treaty. In 1968 at age 29, Means joined the American Indian Movement, where he rose to become a prominent leader.

Russell Means has devoted his life to eliminating racism of any kind, and in so doing he leaves a historical imprint as the most revolutionary Indian leader of the late twentieth century. An inspirational visionary, Russell Means remains one of the most magnetic voices in America today. Whether leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, starring in a motion picture, or performing his rap-ajo music, the message he delvers is consistent with the philosophy he lives by, which states:

The Universe which controls all life, has a female and male balance that is prevalent throughout our Sacred Grandmother, the Earth.
This balance has to be acknowledged and become the determining factor in all of one’s decisions, be they spiritual, social, healthful, educational or economical.
Once the balance has become an integral part of one’s life, all planning, research, direct action and follow-up becomes a matter of course. The goals that were targeted become a reality on a consistent basis. Good things happen to good People; remember time is on your side.
Mitaku Oyasin (we are all related)
                                                                     Russell Means 1997

Native American legend, Russell Means speaks in a recent interview of his first-hand experience while fighting and winning his battle with cancer over the last year.

“The key to happiness is freedom and the key to freedom is courage”  Thucydides (460-400 BC)

Russell Means video

17 comments to RUSSELL MEANS – native American – Lakotah

  • Country Codger

    I reemember the Alcatraz standoff and the Wound Knee incident quite well. I made my two homeschooled boys read the book about the wounded knee seige. I think every American should, just like I think everyone should read Night by Elie Weisel.

    Russel is one hell of a character. His discoures on the Act of 1872 and the Lakota Nation declaring Indepence from the United States is great.

    Great job Planet Prisoner!

  • thankful

    Yes, lets bring forward the models of what we should be. Lets let go of the media and sports idols and learn from those that made a difference, acted and lived with courage and moral conviction. They give strength to history and their example becomes the chant of the failing body and weakened will to endure to the end.

  • Kenneth Julg

    I would have to sit down and talk with Russell to get an understanding of his actions. Probably will never happen. I have seen him and been close enough to say “hello”, but sadly he ignored me. I have met some impressive people, Russell is not one of them. And, yes Dennis Banks sat down with me an we had coffee and northern style fried bread.

  • Oyate Wacinyapin itancan kin he e yelo, wicasa wan lila ksapa kin heca yelo. Mitakuye oyasin. Hoyewahe, canli cantaksi ya ktelo.

  • Oyate Wacinyapin itancan kin he e yelo, wicasa wan lila ksapa kin heca yelo. Mitakuye oyasin. Hoyewaye, canli cantaksi ya ktelo.

  • Great article! ‘Where White Men Fear to Tread’, one of my all time fav books. Have a photo of Russell taken by David Michael Kennedy, sitting on David’s Indian Motorcycle in front of a Tee Pee on David’s property. Last of the Mohicans – Natural Born Killers, one way or another, everyone should know Russell Means.

  • I am Cherokee and my wife is Inuit. “Remember the Trail of Tears”

  • Carolyn Wilhoit

    I am Cherokee also, and have a lot of information on the Trail Of Tears,i had relatives born during the walk and on the reservation afterwards, i wish that more of our young , and older, people would learn the truth of the Native American People rather than just what the text books teach them, which is not always based on facts but on a white society’s perception of a People they did not know nor cared to learn about or understand, only took advantage of. It saddens my heart to see the people our children do hold up as role models and the lies they are taught and how few traditions are passed on to our children…. which is how a culture or people really vanish, they are forgotten. I am so glad my grandfather wanted us to know about our people and his life on the reservation and his mother’s life during The Trail Of Tears, it has made a huge difference in my life – Thank You Paw!

  • Phil Shearer

    I like what I read on here.I am from Australia of New Zealand descent and have lived among Maori people.Here it is aboringal people.I have Russel Means in a few movies and he is a great actor.I like what he does in support of his people.Though am a white guy,61years old,I have always had a deep and abiding respect for Native Americans but appaled by what the Govt.continues to do to you people,3rd world conditions.So you ahve my full support.Take care,regards Phil

  • Guy Capoeman

    Both or them sat at my table eating elk stew and flatbread dont know how or why they ended up at my house talking gov. fed funds and spiritual movements….i was funny when the government found out ..oh know at your house,,youll be watched by the f.b.i,,,we may lose our federal funds..

  • Roger Need

    Read Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown many years ago, couldn’t put it down, brought tears to my eyes, shocking what we did the the Native Indian tribes of America.

  • Christina Renna

    Mr. Means…you are a gift from the Creator. All my life I have had a close, admiring, intertwining relationship with the Native American people, mostly Oneida, Menominee, Chippewa & Apache…being from Wisconsin when I grew up. I didn’t know I wasn’t Native American until late in High School! lol
    I am now 48 and I want to know an answer to this question: WHY do our Native People (many) live in such terrible conditions- no running water, 3rd world living conditions, ETC. This is our first People. & WHY do we not have an official ‘Native American Day’??? We should be kissing their ‘butts’ & teaching EVERYONE about the ways of the Native people. Why the hell do we have Black History month but nothing for THEE NATIVE PEOPLES??? I may be ignorant on ‘politics/government’ but this is ridiculous & embarrassing. I am sorry but it breaks my heart. Thank you.

  • Mikki Taylor

    I’m Australian.. white Australian. this life, but my heart is red… recently i was told of a prophecy about many whites walking with red hearts… I’ve met many others, though some were in the head not the heart. I feel spirit has led me here though I don’t know why. Some time ago I started to teach myself Lakota. It just felt right. I even had a dog named Cetan. I dont know why I chose this name except it felt right. The friend, who told me of the prophecy, & is part native himself reconnecting with his heritage, told me of an area I was drawn to in the States. I’ve never been there, in fact never been overseas, yet this place is where the plains meet the mountains up near the Canadian border. I’ve no idea what state that is, just that it feels right. My friend, Matoh, told me of the place Paha Sapa. I don’t know why it feels right to write this here. It just does. I look forward to learning more. Thank u for having the strength to stay true to your beliefs, to your heritage. The price can be high… but the price of the alternative is higher. Mitaku Oyasin… Love & light.. Mikki

  • A. B.

    Love how this article says that Russel Means “has devoted his life to eliminating racism of any kind”….. I am a white man, or at least I grew that way, and sent Mr. Means an e-mail a few years ago (I think it was back before 2007), and have yet to hear back from him or any of his representatives. Thing is, I have absolutely no expectations of ever hearing from him at all — because on his own website at the time, he proudly declared that he answers ONLY non-whites. Yes, he is so very devoted to eliminating racism.

    I expect that this posting will never be allowed to see the light of day, since it is not a blind praising of Russel Means.

  • Diane

    Rest In Peace! You truly will be missed.May your new journey be one of Happiness Continued Strength and Love..

  • You are now finally resting in beyond with other great warriors of your nation, and of the nation beyond of other good men, before and after you. It was an honor to have had the destiny of conversation with you, beit brief, but enlightened.
    Mitaku Oyasin [we ARE all related], your spirit shall remain in the minds of true and honest men.
    -MOGA

  • Kimberly Means McIntyre

    To my beloved Uncle Russell, may you find the peace and unity in the afterlife that you strove and fought for here on earth.

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