Russell Means

Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of Native American people (1939-2012)

Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an American Oglala Sioux activist, writer, politician, musician, television and movie actor who is known for his activisim to the American Indian Movement. He is also known for his roles in Pathfinder, Thomas and the Magic Railroad and in Pocahontas.

Means in March 1987

In 1983 he agreed to become running mate to Larry Flynt in his unsuccessful run for U.S. President.[1]

Means was born on November 10, 1939 in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.[2] He studied at San Leandro High School. Means was married five times, the first four ended in divorce. He has ten children. Means died on October 22, 2012 in Porcupine, South Dakota from esophageal cancer, aged 72.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 McLellan, Dennis (October 23, 2012). "Russell Means dies at 72; American Indian rights activist, actor". The Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. Russell Means Biography (1939-2012), Film Reference Website

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