Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
KYLE, SOUTH DAKOTA American Indians from throughout Indian country are honoring Russell Means, Lakotah, Wednesday at Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Russell Means Honor Procession
Means, 72, walked on at 4:44 am at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota from complications of cancer three weeks short of his birthday on November 10.
Bill Means Honoring His Brother
The Honoring Russell Means Day is underway at the Little Wound High School in Kyle. The ever changing crowd grew to some five hundred people as Bill Means, Russell's brother, spoke about the greatness of his brother.
The iconic Means gained his fame as a warrior of American Indians as a leader of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s. During the 1990s, Means became an actor appearing in several movies, including the "The Last of the Mohicans" and the voice of Pocahontas' father, Chief Powhatan, the Disney film, "Pocahontas."
Keeping in line with Means' wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be spread over the Black Hills, which are considered sacred to the Lakotah.
Today's celebration to honor Means is one of four planned in his memory.
The next three Honorings have been tentatively scheduled as follows:
2nd Honoring at Wounded Knee '73 Occupation Memorial (Feb 2013);
3rd Honoring at Wind Cave State Park, South Dakota (June 2013);
4th Honoring on Russell's birthday (Nov 10, 2013) at location to be determined.
posted October 24, 2012 8:30 pm edt