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Native American freedom fighter Russell Means

Updated on September 6, 2015

Russell Means was an American Indian activist

Russell Means was a famous Native American for many reasons. He was a committed activist on behalf of American Indians and has been a well-known leader and speaker for the American Indian Movement (AIM).

Means, who was an Ogala Sioux, was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota but in 1942 he moved with his parents to the San Francisco Bay area where he graduated from high school in 1958.

His education was to serve him well as he forged a career for himself in politics and acting, as well as in music having recorded an album entitled Electric Warrior on the SOAR label.

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Russell Means
Russell Means

Russell Means supported matriarchy

Whilst Russell Means was famous for speaking out on behalf of the rights of his people and being involved in political campaigns for the American Indians, he is perhaps not so well-known for being a very strong believer in matriarchy. Means felt that unless we have a paradigm shift that brings the world into being run under a matriarchal system then we have a very bleak outloook ahead for the world.

Russell Means said: "If we don't have matriarchy we are lost."

He pointed out that the patriarchal system has brought untold suffering and the deaths of billions of people, as well as doing incredible damage to the ecology of the planet. Russell Means said that under a matriarchy, which we once had, humans live in balance with nature. Mother Earth's creations, her animals and plants, are treated with great respect, and this respect should be shared amongst humans too.

Russell Means has spoken out at great length advocating matriarchy as the way forward if we want to change the world for the better and stop the wars, deaths, destruction and suffering going on in the current situation.

Russell Means - Matriarchy Part 2

Matriarchy update

Russell Means the actor

Russell Means became a well-known public figure not just for his outspoken stance as a political activist on behalf of American Indians, but also for his acting roles in several films and for his television appearances. Means starred as Chief Chingachgook in The Last of the Mohicans in 1992 and made his debut as an actor on the big screen. He also had roles in Natural Born Killers and Into The West.

Means made a name for himself as a writer as well. An autobiography by Russell Means, entitled Where White Men Fear To Tread, was published in 1997.

American artist the late Andy Warhol immortalised Russell Means in 18 potraits he included in his American Indian Series.

The Alex Jones Show - 3/4/08:Russell Means,Lakota Nation PT1

Russell Means admitted to hospital

Russell Means was admitted to hospital in Arizona suffering from cancer of the esophagus that has returned. After originally being diagnosed with the condition back in 2011 he had fought it with alternative healing methods including prayer.

He lost his final battle in this world when he died on 22 October, 2012.

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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your thoughts on it!

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      10 years ago

      Great Mystery:how God became man through a woman as woman was given life thru a man. Matriarchy: good idea becuz Great Mystery is neither male or female but Spirit, not made of parts, cannot lie or be lied to (like Grandmother, who doesn't ask for our permission, only for our attention!)

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you too, Aaron!

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      11 years ago

      Very interesting and high quality hub. Keep it up.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Pamela!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very interesting hub. Russell Means is a very interesting man. Good hub

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Ann!

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      Ann Nonymous 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting hub! I have been thinking about the Native Americans lately...maybe bacause of the opening ceremony at the Olympics! good job, Bard of Ely!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Larry! I don't know but its sounds possible!

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      Larry Conners 

      11 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Interesting Hub about a most interesting man...Didn't the plains Indians have laws that prevented them from waging war without the permission of their women..?..Larry

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Many thanks, Patty!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I'll add a link to my Native American series - the matriarchal lineage and leadership has been successful in several groups around the world and Russell Means' life is a testament to that.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Ianmac! I suppose I am just interested and involved in a lot of things! lol I have too many things to write about.

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      11 years ago from Gran Canaria

      Very interesting and certainly makes me want to find out about this man. One thing though, Bard? Where do you get your inspiration for your diverse subject matter??

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank YOU, Laurel, DS and Fen, for your comments!

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      fen lander 

      11 years ago from Whitstable

      Thanks Bard; I had almost forgotten about this warrior for rainbows. I'm gonna follow a link or two when I get a spare moment. Good stuff.

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      Gin G 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Forgot to mention, he's a cute AI man too, lol. Activism for any AI peoples is and has been a difficult and dangerous journey for many. :) great article!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Women are mothers, perhaps that tendency makes us more natural keepers of the earth. Yet some men I know of also have these traits-sensitive and caring, holistic individuals.

      Fascinating, Bard-I look forward to your next Hub.


    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Dolores, he has lots of excellent videos on YouTube if you have a look! I think he is an amazing man and so wise!

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Russel Means is such an interesting man. I have not thought about him for years and it was good to hear his voice here on your hub, Bard. Thanks for sharing his wisdom.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad you found this hub interesting, Suzie!

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      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've never heard of him before now. Informative Hub - I like learning new things.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Jayjay!

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      11 years ago from Bristol England

      A very interesting hub about an interesting man. I enjoyed reading it

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      11 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Russell is one of the most amazing men I know of. I have followed and supported him for many years! I think he is one of the wisest people around and if anybody can help change the world for the better he is one of the ones that is showing the way!

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      11 years ago from London

      You have piqued my interest now! I am going to find out more about him. He appears to have led a very interesting life. Thank-you.


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