Russell Means Passes to the Spirit World

Leonard Peltier’s Statement for Russell Means

October 22, 2012

Greetings my relatives and friends

I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the sorrow that I feel with the passing of Russell Means, my brother, my friend, and inspiration on many levels. Russell Means will always be an icon whenever the American Indian Movement is spoken of and whenever people talk about the changes that took place, the changes that are taking place now for Indian people.

One thing about Russell I always remembered, and I think someone else once said it, you may have loved him, or you may have disliked him, but you couldn’t ignore him. I’ll always remember when an elder said one time, I was at a ceremony and I asked what this half shaped moon circle on the ground meant, and he said it was a symbol of the circle of life, the never ending of the circle of life, and I said there is only half a circle, and he said the other half was unseen, it is the spirit world.   For Indian people it never ends, we don’t have a linear existence, so I know I will see Russell again, and I take comfort in that thought.  For men like Russell Means don’t come along in a lifetime very often.  He was truly an inspiration for all of us younger guys at the time.  He had good words to say, he was eloquent when he spoke them, and he spoke English as clearly and precisely and as articulate as any one I have ever heard speak.  And he knew what he was talking about.  And I know all of you out there, as well as myself, will always remember our friend, our brother and fellow activist, and how he stood with us to recapture the freedoms we’ve lost, and protect the ones that we still have, and bring about a better future for our people, and all people of this Mother Earth, who’s nature is in peril.

I really don’t know what else to say about our brother Russell, other than to Russell himself, “We’ll see you again my brother Russell, in some other time and in some other place, we will always be your friend, and we will always look forward to seeing your face.  Mitakuye Oyasin ”

In the spirit of Crazy Horse, and Russell Means.

I’ll close for now.

Leonard Peltier

Russell Means, early 1970s.

Russell Means starred in many Hollywood movies, including Last of the Mohicans.

Posted on October 22, 2012, in Warrior and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Russell Means stood on the steps of a federal building, and said John Graham was guilty of murder. The same Russell Means who beat up his disabled Father in Law. His giant ego was legend, and he became the Hollywood Indian, forgetting himself and his Brothers and Sisters in the movement along the way. He’s been elevated to sainthood, and this truly is a shame.

  2. wonderful man.
    shall never be forgotten

  3. I recommend my book, published in 2018, titled “Russell Means, The European Ancestry of a Militant Indian” , available on my web site and in amazon bookstores.

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