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What was it like growing up to be a Lakota Sioux activist? Russell Means, an Oglala speaker, writer and the actor who played the title role in The Last of the Mohicans, recalls the lessons he heard from his grandfather, his encounters with racism and how he re-discovered ethnic pride and strength, and his involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM) in its early days. From his firsthand experience with Native American culture and political action, Means tells us what he has learned about history, oppression and freedom, and gives insights into the current political story and what still needs to happen. “I want my people to become free,” he says. “But first (other) Americans have to be free. We’ll never regain our freedom as long as Americans are enslaved.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
Russell Means (1939-2012) was an Oglala Sioux, Indian activist, and actor who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee and who later became a Hollywood actor. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and appeared in numerous films including The Last of the Mohicans.
His books include:
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/12/1995 Program Number: 2546
From Album: Honor The Earth Powwow: Songs Of The Great Lakes Indians Artist: produced by Mickey Hart 1991 Rykodisc #RCD-10199 Track - Intertribal Dance Song (LCO Soldiers’ Drum)
From Album: Music for Native Americans Artist: Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble 1994 Capitol / Rykodisc (360 Degrees) #CDP 7243-8-28295-2-2
From Album: AKA Grafitti Man Artist: John Trudell 1992 Rykodisc #RCD 10223 Track - Rockin the Res
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