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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