Three weeks or so ago the spirit vacated the corporeal container known as “Russell Means.”
This is what his Kossack companero, cacamp, had to say about Means:
Russ was my brother-in-arms He and I were both AIM leaders and led our people together in many fights and struggles. We stood shoulder to shoulder all across our great land, we had many hard times but also the most wonderful times of our lives. Russ was an independent man who walked his own path and often surprised even his comrades like me. But he always put his people first and did what he thought was right. Russ was also a brave man who was always willing to put his life and freedom on the line for a just cause. He was a warrior who inspired us all and a beloved figure in our community. Today Indian Country is in mourning even though we knew this was coming. Russ will be missed by his family, Oglala Tribe, AIM and all who knew him.
In 1980, Means delivered what I consider to be the most important “political” speech of my lifetime. Find it beyond the furthur.