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Russell Means Speaks

October 25, 2015

Russell Means  I Love Ancestry with Kow Chai 


VIDEO: Powerful speech ‪#‎RussellMeans‬ harshly criticizes the B.I.A and American Indian leadership of reservations,1989.

“Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century. We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done.” –Russell Means

Russell was an Oglala Sioux activist for the rights of American Indian people. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968, and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage.

1970 – Means became the first National Director of the American Indian Movement after founding a branch of AIM in Cleveland.

1970 – The siege of Mt. Rushmore, which catapulted Means to national attention and focused the media on the modern Indian rights movement.

1970 – Led the Thanksgiving Day demonstration at Plymouth Rock in which over 200 Indians seized the Mayflower, painted Plymouth Rock red and observed a national day of mourning.

1972 – Participated in the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Headquarters in Washington D.C. during the Nixon Administration.

1973 – Directed the legendary siege of Wounded Knee, the most famous Indian insurrection of the twentieth century.

1974 – 76 Hounded by the FBI, the federal government and various state governments for his activism, Means represented himself in twelve criminal trials and won acquittal in each case.

1974 – All the Elders of the Lakotah Sioux Nation, at the 1st International Indian treaty Conference unanimously selected Russell Means as permanent trustee of the International Indian Treaty Council. Russell was further charged with the responsibility of establishing an office at or near the United Nations, in New York City and to oversee all business conducted by that office.

1977 – Assisted in creating the First International Conference pertaining to the sovereign rights of North, Central and South American Indians, which was sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva.

1977 – University Lecture tour of Switzerland.

1978 – Participated in the “Longest walk” in which American Indians walked across the United States from San Francisco to Washington D.C. creating the largest, single-day, peaceful demonstration in Washington D.C. up to that time. As a result, the demonstration succeeded in blocking all anti – Indian legislation in Congress.

1979 – Served one year of a four-year prison sentence in the South Dakota State Prison at Sioux Falls before he was released on parole. The charge was “Riot to Obstruct Justice” following the police riot at the Sioux Falls courthouse. The law under which he was convicted was repealed as unconstitutionally vague BEFORE his sentencing. Pardoned by South Dakota Governor in 2003.

The 1980’s
1980 – Only convict in history to work for a U.S. Senator while serving time. He worked principally on water rights in the State of South Dakota. While on work release Russell held a press conference calling for the Cowboys and Indians to join forces in their respected struggles to keep their lands and their rights. Subsequently, agreed to the formation of the Black Hills Alliance. Through this alliance they fought against President Carter’s plan to turn the nearby five-state area into a national sacrifice area. Also, the Black Hills Alliance lobbied successfully, the SD State Legislature to call for a moratorium on all energy development in the Black Hills.

1981 – Founded Yellow Thunder Camp, a spiritual youth camp in the Black Hills. Means lived there for eight seasons, along with Indians and Whites, in the spirit of returning his people to the Black Hills, the Lakotah Nation’s Holy Land.

1982 – Founded KILI radio station on the Pine Ridge reservation, the first radio station owned and operated by American Indians.

1983 – Attended the United Nations Conference on freezing nuclear development in the world at Prague, Czechoslovakia. Gave two major addresses concerning “Religion and Nuclear Weapons” and the “International Trade Unions and Nuclear Development”.

1985 – At Pine Ridge, led the building of the first independent health clinic on any Indian reservation.

1985 – Russell Means was invited to participate in the first Peace Conference held between the Indians and the Sandinistas of Nicaragua held at the Presidential Palace in Bogotá, Columbia.

1985 – Attended an International Ecumenical conference on Religion held in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea where he gave the closing address.

1986 – Means went with a group of North American Indians and one newsman to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua at the invitation of the Miskito, Sumu and Rama Indians to investigate and document Sandinista atrocities against the Miskito Indians.

1987 – University Lecture tour of Spain.

1988 – Means is the first American Indian to run for the office of the Presidency of the United states. A major constituency of the Libertarian Party (the third largest in the U.S) drafted Means to seek the party’s nomination for President in the 1988 elections.

1989 – Spoke before the Basque National Legislature and met with the Mayor of San Sebastian in an attempt to stop the Spain/U.S.A. joint venture in building and sailing three replicas ships of Columbus’ voyage to a hemisphere inhabited by American Indians!

1990 – Visited Aotarora aka New Zealand to speak at the University of Auckland an tour with the Maori people and exchange information concerning their land struggles, international struggles for treaty rights and a comprehensive visit to their total immersion educational system.

The 1990’s
In addition to Means’ career as an activist he is also a successful producer and Hollywood actor:
1990 – Special Correspondent for The first Jesse Jackson TV Show.

1991 – Founded multi-media production company, T.R.E.A.T.Y. Productions.

1992 – Starred at the title character, Chingachgook, in The Last of the Mohicans.

1992 – Starred as the ghost of Jim Thorpe in Windrunner.

1992 – Means and the Colorado AIM led a peaceful coalition that stopped the Columbus Day parade in Denver which was to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of “Columbus discover of America.”

1993 – Starred in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers.

1993 – Hosted HBO Documentary Paha Sapa.

1993 – Featured in mystery game CD-ROM Under A Killing Moon.

1993 – Release of Means’ debut album Electric Warrior on SOAR Records.

1993 – Founded T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion Educational Endowment Fund as Chairman.

1994 – Starred as Chief in John Candy’s comedy Wagons East.

1995 – Co-wrote the screen play Wounded Knee, 1973 with Bayard Johnson.

1995 – Starred as Sitting Bull in the CBS mini-series Buffalo Girls.

1995 – Provided the voice for Chief Powhatan in Disney’s animated feature Pocahontas.

1995 – Special Appearance as Arrow Head in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Pathfinder.

1995 – Wrote Where White Men Fear to Tread, The Autobiography of Russell Means, with Marvin J.Wolf published by St. Martin’s Press October 1995.

1996 – Founded The American Indian Music Company.

1996 – Release of Means’ second album The Radical on the American Indian Music Co. label.

1996 – Starred as Mudjekeewis in The Song of Hiawatha.

1996 – Guest Appearance on Walker, Texas Ranger.

1996 – Guest Appearance on Touched By An Angel.

1996 – Co-wrote the script The Longest War with Bayard Johnson.

1996 – Participated with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland on promoting the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world through a document presented to the Commission entitled “Declaration of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.

1997 – Began serving on the Advisory Board of the Race Relations Institute.

1997 – Guest Appearance on Profiler.

1997 – Starred as Washakie in Wind River.

1998 – 1st Art Show of original paintings by Russell Means in conjunction with Gines Serran-Pagan in Santa Monica, CA.

1998 – Guest Appearance on Nash Bridges (two episodes).

1998 – Co-starred in Black Cat Run HBO, an original movie.

1998 – Co-wrote the screen play Rising from the Ashes with Bayard Johnson.

1999 – Narrator PBS Documentary Keeping the Spirit Alive.

1999 – The Russell Means Commentary (West coast Cable).

1999 – Guest on Politically Incorrect.

1999 – Guest on the Roseanne Show.

1999 – Billy Two Feathers in Thomas and the Magic Rail Road.

1999 – Participated in Ecuador’s 1st Indigenous Conference on Constitutional Rights and was responsible for funding to maintain the Indigenous Peoples land base and the natural resources of their homeland surrounding the headwaters of the Amazon.

1999 – First Amendment Rights protest and arrest at white Clay, NE, protesting liquor store and illegal operations on the border of the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian reservation.

The 2000’s
2000 – 2nd Art Show of original paintings by Russell Means, Southampton, NY.

2000 – Protest of Columbus Day Parade and arrested in Denver, CO while exercising First Amendment Right against Hate Speech.

2000 – Board Member of the Natural Spirit Foundation, that funds American Indian self help and cultural projects in Indian Country.

2000 – Visited and ongoing work relationship with the Chamoru People of Guam regarding “Vote against Statehood”, “Vote for Independence”.

2000 – Visited and worked with Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous Hawaiians and their struggles to achieve Independent Nation status.

2001 – Co-starred as Joe in Cowboy Up.

2001 – Guest Appearance on Family Law.

2001 – Starred as Chief in 29 Palms.

2002 – Founded The Independent Coalition party in New Mexico.

2002 – Exploratory Campaign for Governor State of New Mexico.

2002 – Candidate for President of the Oglala Lakotah Sioux Nation.

2003 – Received Pardon from South Dakota Governor for a 1974 Felony offense of Public Peace-Riot.

2003 – Cameo appearance in feature film The Last Shot.

2003 – Co-writing Matriarchy, Beauty and Balance to be published 2007.

2003 – Russell Means‘ Indian Killer series w/narratives, Bergamot Station Art Show, Santa Monica, CA.

2004 – Guest Appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

2004 – Starred as Bud in feature film Black Cloud.

2004 – Doctorate Degree in Indigenous Studies – Sinte Gleska University.

2005 – Senior Law Partner – Red Cloud Law Firm.

2005 – Lecture tour Italy.

2005 – Co-starred as Grandpa in the feature film Unearthed.

2005 – Co-wrote Wounded Knee 1973 to be published 2007.

2005 – Addressed an audience of 1.4 million at “The Millions More Movement”, Washington D.C.

2005 – Starred at the title character, Pathfinder in feature film Pathfinder.

2006 – Co-starred as Dace in feature film Intervention.

2006 – Lecture tour Australia.

2006 – Dedication of the First Total Immersion School in the Lakota Culture -Pine Ridge, SD.

2007 – Participated in a 7 continent International Art Show-Paris, France.

2007 – Led Lakotah Freedom-unilateral withdrawal of Treaties and agreements with the U.S.


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