ANG Remembers Russell Means | APNS Int.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ABORIGINAL NEWS GROUP REMEMBERS AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT LEADER RUSSELL C. MEANS
A Communiqué from the ANG Public Information Bureau:
To the Peoples of the Fourth World
To the Mass Media
THE FOURTH WORLD / USA (APNS) – – The Aboriginal News Group (ANG) at this time wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family of our late brother, Russell Means (‘Oyate Wacinyapin’ works for the people) who has transitioned from the physical state in the Republic of Lakotah to continue on his journey with his relations in peace.
While we should always remember his activism: his participation in the 1964 Native occupation of Alcatraz Island; the American Indian Movement protest at Mount Rushmore; the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) headquarters occupation and the famous 1973 stand-off at Wounded Knee, it is also important to recognise that Russell Means was far larger, and more complex than the various political and personal issues that surrounded his courageously led life.
Yes, he was uniquely dedicated to the survival and upliftment of the American Indian in the United States when others were too afraid. Yes, he was often controversial and sometimes contradictory as he sought for new avenues to promote causes that would address the issues facing Indigenous Peoples. And yes, we will fondly remember his memorable film roles, his immense influence on mainstream North American culture and consciousness and his love for his Lakotah people.
These things are important. But if we remember anything at all about our brother Russell Means, let us never forget that he was a real human being who gave a damn about all living things. He was a person who spoke out bravely at times when it was hazardous to be independently Native American. He spoke loudly and clearly as an anti-war, anti-misogyny and anti-racism dissenter who always kept the plight of the Native in the international conversation.
He walked where few dared or even dreamed to tread. And he did so without fear.
We can think of few people who have lived such a life of dedication to human and social justice for all the Peoples of the Fourth World. May his sincere humanity, his bravery and his call for all of us to ‘Stay Human’ never be forgotten.
ANG Public Information Bureau