Russell Means: Ethno Activist

Russel Means: Ethno-Activist

Dead at age 72

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.

Russel Means was a stalwart believer in the Territorial Imperative, a concept promulgated by White Nationalists here, in America.

Mr. Means tentatively supported the various discussions regarding the sovereignty and geographical supremacy of all Racial Groups, and was invited to speak with ethno-nationalist leaders such as Tom Metzter, Louis Farakhan and others, to specifically negotiate a political arrangement that would allow ‘native’ Americans to live on a truly Sovereign Nation, apart from what has become a nation of slaves, those who are bereft of true National boundaries.

He has died at age 72,

Of course his accomplishments range from Movies to television, but what he will be remembered for, and worthy of, is his stalwart fight for his own Ethno-State – in this, all true White Nationalists supported his endeavors.

The Souix people, as a group, have showed the greatest awareness of their Identity over the years, and preliminary discussions with Red Kettle, brought promising results. Like the white nationalist Homeland Initiative, AIM was founded in the late 1960s to protest the U.S. government’s treatment of Native Americans and demand the government honor its treaties with Indian tribes. Means  remarked in 2011 that before AIM, there had been no advocate on a national or international scale for American Indians, and that Native Americans were ashamed of their heritage.

Means rose to national prominence as the first national director of the American Indian Movement, staging a number of high-profile protests in the ’60s and early ’70s that called attention to the plight of Native Americans. Among their actions, the group took over Mount Rushmore and occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

But AIM’s best-known and most controversial operation occurred on Feb. 27, 1973, when Means and his group of 200 Oglala Lakota followers took control of the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee to demonstrate against the U.S. government’s failure to honor its treaties with various Indian tribes. An armed standoff with federal authorities ensued that saw both sides exchange gunfire, costing the lives of two activists and one FBI agent.

Means was later brought up on assault and conspiracy charges that were dismissed by a judge for prosecutorial misconduct. After a slew of other legal battles, he would subsequently go on to announce his retirement from AIM on several different occasions.

When asked about his involvement in Wounded Knee, he replied to a questioner:

“You people who want to continue to put AIM in this certain pocket of illegality, I can’t stand you people,”.

“I wish I was a little bit healthier and a little bit younger, because I wouldn’t just talk.”

We can, and will acknowledge, the exploits of an individual truly committed to the values and interests of his own folk-community.

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2 Responses to Russell Means: Ethno Activist

  1. 30.06 says:

    Very sad to hear of his passing . I can say that Russel Means was one of those rare types that once you met him and had the chance to talk to him , however briefly , one was immediately aware that here was one of those individuals who possessed that rare quality of uncompromising integrity and wisdom , that only a man of deepest sincerity and honesty can acquire .
    He was a true fighter for what was right for his Nation . He was a man who lived without fear of any foe . He was true to his Folk and his Ideals . He was a man of the highest caliber . He was an inspiring figure to all who knew him and he will be sorely missed , but never forgotten .

  2. Red Kettle says:

    I am a Lakota Sioux, and at first I was not sure about this site, but I want to thank you for your admiration of a great man and leader.

    It would be wonderful if those who thought like you here, were the ones we could negotiate with for our mutual good.

    I will be back,

    Red Kettle

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