Services For Activist Russell Means
by Tom Hanson, Anchor
October 22, 2012 10:43 PM
Services have been scheduled for former American Indian Movement activist Russell Means.
Means died Monday morning at his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe says wake services for Means are scheduled for Wednesday at the Little Wound School in Kyle, on the Pine Ridge reservation. According to a story by the Associated Press, his ashes will be scattered in the Black Hills on Thursday.
Means helped organize the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, and helped plan the take over of National Forest Service land at Yellow Thunder Camp near Rapid City in the 1980s. He later appeared in Hollywood films, including "The Last of the Mohicans."
The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe says he wants people to remember former American Indian Movement activist Russell Means as someone who helped instill pride among Native Americans in Indian Country. John Yellow Bird Steele says he called Means both a friend and a political opponent.
A little more than a year ago, Means announed he had throat cancer and would be using tradition tribal methods to treat the disease.