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RUSSELL MEANS (Pathfinder) is a famed political activist and early leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who has become immersed in all corners of the entertainment business. He has taken leading roles in such major feature films as The Last of the Mohicans, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, a chief in John Candy's comedy Wagons East and the ghost of Jim Thorpe in Wind Runner. He has voiced the role of Pocahontas' father in Disney's third highest selling video ever, Pocahontas. He has also created a television documentary as an HBO pilot entitled, Paha Sapa (Indian Father and Son) and two albums of protest music with lyrics he wrote (Electric Warrior and The Radical).

Through the power of media, his vision is to create peaceful and positive images celebrating the magic and mystery of his American Indian heritage. Means' upcoming projects include the edgy, black comedy, Funny Farm starring Kathy Bates and Malcolm McDowell. He is also opening his groundbreaking Total Immersion School in 2006, a unique program created with a revolutionary approach to teaching by focusing on culturally centered private schools for preschool through university for the indigenous population. Along with his best-selling 1995 autobiography, Where White Men Fear to Tread, now in its 11th printing, and his limited edition prints of original art, Russell has also been co-writing a screenplay based on the historical 71-day armed takeover of South Dakota's Wounded Knee in which he participated entitled, Wounded Knee, 1973.

Russell splits his time between San Jose, New Mexico, his ranch on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian reservation, Porcupine, South Dakota and his office in Santa Monica, California. He takes pride in having instituted programs for the betterment of his people: notably, the Porcupine Health Clinic (the only non-government funded clinic in Indian Country) and KILI radio, the first Indian owned radio station.

Born on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 1939, Russell Means is the eldest son of Hank Means, an Oglala Sioux, and Theodora (Feather) Means, a full-blooded Yankton Sioux. Shortly after the outbreak of WWII, his family moved to California, where he graduated from San Leandro High School in 1958 and continued his formal education at Oakland City College and Arizona State.

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