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In a Jan. 31, 1989 file photo, Russell Means, who heads the American Indian Movement, (AIM) testifies before a special investigative committee of the Senate Select Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington. 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, died early Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at his ranch Zzxin Porcupine, S.D., Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman Donna Solomon said. He was 72. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)
In a Feb. 4, 1974 file photo, American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Russell Means, who is challenging incumbent Oglala Sioux Tribal President Richard Wilson in Thursday's election on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, laughs at news report which quoted Wilson as saying he will give AIM 10 days to get off the reservation after he is reelected "or else", in Pine Ridge, S.D
Activist and actor Russell Means speaks at a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, on the Lakota Sioux Indian withdrawal from all treaties with the U.S. government.
In this March 7, 1973, file photo Russell Means, left, tells villagers on the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, SD, that they must continue their fight against the government until their demands are met.
American Indian Movement activist Russell Means walks hand in hand with two unidentified American Indians as they march to Whiteclay, Neb., on Saturday, July 3, 1999 from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota protesting treaty violations, the unsolved murder of two Sioux men and the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay.
A solemn moment is observed before the signing of a statement ending the bloody standoff between federal forces and the American Indian Movement (AIM) at Wounded Knee, S.D., Thursday April 5, 1973. From left are: Russell Means, AIM leader; Kent Frizzell, U.S. assistant attorney general; Chief Tom Bad Cobb and AIM leaders Clyde Bellecourt, Pedro Bisonette and Carter Camp.

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American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Russell Means addresses the crowd from the steps of the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday morning Oct. 6, 2007. Means was participating in AIM's protest of Denver's Columbus Day Parade.

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good morning...Am sorry that cancer got to him...But as a leader in many things..he was a strong man in his ways...A.I.M.....he is...one of the strong leaders on our path of life...Mother-earth will look after his bones and his spirit will go to the spirit world where his horse awaits for him...We will see him now and then , from now>>>>>>>To his family , I take my prayers and my indian pipe..I hold it up high for his FAMILY and RUSSELL MEANS....plz keep strong.....hihi
thinking of you
My small tribute to Russell Means a man among men. I regret not knowing him personally. Sandman
I admire a man that has princables & is sincere. I offer this memorial photo in his honor.