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Indian activist Russell Means remembered as inspiring but controversial

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

By MARTHA STODDARD / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / October 23, 2012

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LINCOLN — Russell Means, a charismatic and controversial activist who drew attention to injustices against American Indians in Nebraska and elsewhere, died early Monday at his home in Porcupine, S.D.

Hours later, Winnebago activist Frank LaMere offered tobacco and prayers to mark the death of a man he called “a great American” and friend.

“I will miss him. Native people will all miss him,” the Nebraska leader said. “He elevated Indian issues to a place where people could notice and were forced to act on them.”

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Russell Means, Who Clashed With Law as He Fought for Indians, Is Dead at 72

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN / NEW YORK TIMES / October 22, 2012

Russell C. Means, the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples, died on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72. (more…)

Bruning doubtful of racial bias in area legal system

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Published Wednesday July 23, 2008
BY GEORGE LEDBETTER, Editor
THE CHADRON RECORD (Chadron, Neb.)

Charges leveled by American Indian activist Russell Means of racial bias in the legal system in northwest Nebraska are without merit, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said last week.

In a July 15 interview at The Chadron Record office, Bruning said he doesn’t think local police, sheriff’s staff or prosecutors treat Native Americans differently than others, as Means has charged. (more…)

Tensions raised by SD Indian killings

Friday, September 3rd, 1999

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

PINE RIDGE, S.D. {AP} It’s been nearly three months since two Sioux men were found slain in a culvert near the Nebraska line, and many Indians doubt authorities even care whether they solve the crime.

In fact, some Indian activists say the apparent standstill in the investigation only confirms their suspicion that white Nebraska lawmen helped kill Wilson Black Elk Jr. and Ronald Hard Heart or helped cover up the crime to make it seem as if Indians were responsible. (more…)

AIM activist Means, eight others arrested in Nebraska

Sunday, July 4th, 1999

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. {AP} Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe converged on this tiny town Saturday to protest alleged treaty violations, unsolved murders and alcohol sales, and nine people were arrested, including American Indian Movement activist Russell Means. (more…)

Nebraska village braces itself for repeat of Indian protest

Saturday, July 3rd, 1999

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. {AP} The possibility of violence during the Fourth of July weekend hangs over this town, where Sioux from the Pine Ridge Reservation went on a rampage a week ago during a protest over alleged treaty violations, two unsolved murders and the sale of alcohol to Indians.

Indian activists planned another protest today, saying they would march two miles from the reservation in South Dakota over the state line into this village of 22 residents. They planned to set up tepees and occupy Whiteclay until state officials addressed their concerns. (more…)