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Subject: ARCHIVE: October 22, 2012 ~Russell Means, Native American activist who helped lead Wounded Knee uprising: at age 72, from lung cancer ....

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Date Posted: Friday, October 25, 06:22:15pm

Russell Means dies at 72; American Indian activist helped lead Wounded Knee uprising. ...
By Emily Langer / Washington Post
October 22, 2012

Russell Means, the self-styled modern Indian warrior who forced international attention on the plight of Native Americans for more than four decades, first through militant protest and later through the power of his own celebrity, died Oct. 22 at his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He was 72.

He had complications from lung cancer, said his wife, Pearl Daniel Means. Mr. Means had inoperable esophageal cancer diagnosed last year.

Mr. Means launched a series of unlikely political campaigns. He was the vice-presidential running mate of Larry Flynt in 1984. Later, he sought the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president, losing to former and future Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). In 2002, he ran as an independent for governor of New Mexico.

In Hollywood, he played a Navajo medicine man in Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” (1994) and provided the voice-over for the Indian girl’s father, Powhatan, in the Disney animated feature “Pocahontas” (1995).

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Recently saw him in the 2012 film Tiger Eyes (NT)RussFriday, October 25, 08:03:15pm

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