Russell Means: A Warrior Goes Home

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Russell Means, best known as an actor and a Native American activist, died on Monday, October 22 at age 72. While you may recognize him from one of his many films, such as "Last of the Mohicans", Dana Lone Hill, who blogs at Just a Rez Chick remembers him as a warrior for the American Indian Movement and a simply a person who cared about other people. Here's an excerpt of what Dana writes:

The last time I saw Russell Means was three years ago or so, in front of my house on the rez. He bought a quilled bracelet from me with two interlocking hearts and he was quizzing one of my friends on how many movies of his he saw. I told him they only had six in the tribal jail, so he saw six, and we all laughed. Russell said “Huh, that’s not funny. I’ll have to make sure they get all 21 out there for you guys.”

It never occurred to me, here was this modern day warrior recognized throughout the world for being a warrior for his people, joking with us. It never occurred to me because he was humble and treated everyone alike.

Sep 27, 2004 - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Russell Means, a Native American activist and leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) at the premiere of the movie 'Black Cloud'. Filmed on the Navajo Indian reservation in northern Arizona it was financed by Native American tribes in Arizona and is based on the true story of a Navajo boxer. (Credit Image: Jack Kurtz/

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