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RIP: Native American Activist/Actor Russell Means

Movie News | By on October 22, 2012


Native American activist & actor Russell Means has passed away at the age of 72, who lost his battle with throat cancer. Means was a Native American activist with AIM (American Indian Movement) and acted in several movies & TV movies like The Last of the Mohicans, Pocahontas, Pathfinder, Into The West, Natural Born Killers, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also released an album called Electric Warrior as well. He was an Native American icon and he will be missed!

Watch one of my favorite movie scenes ever in The Last of the Mohicans starring Russell Means and Daniel-Day Lewis. Means was a bad-ass in this scene!

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, reveled in stirring up attention and appeared in several Hollywood films, has died. He was 72.

Means died early Monday at his ranch in in Porcupine, S.D., Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman Donna Solomon said.

Means, a Wanblee native who grew up in the San Francisco area, announced in August 2011 that he had developed inoperable throat cancer. He told The Associated Press he was forgoing mainstream medical treatments in favor of traditional American Indian remedies and alternative treatments away from his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
[Washington Post]

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