Russell Means - Details


As an actor, Means has also come to the fore in such films as Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, the comedy Wagon’s East and the drama Wind Runner. He also was the voice of Pocahontas’ father in Disney’s Pocahontas. On television, he has been seen as Sitting Bull on the mini-series Buffalo Girls, as Arrow Head in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Pathfinder, as well as on such shows as Walker, Texas Ranger, Touched by an Angel, Nash Bridges and The Profiler.

Means has also recorded two albums of protest music: Electric Warrior and The Radical” is the star of the CD-ROM Under the Killing Moon and is the author of the best-selling autobiography Where White Men fear To Tread.

Means first came to international attention in the 1970s, when he led the 71-day aarmed takeover on the sacred grounds of Wounded Knee, a tiny hamlet in the heart of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Means also joined The Longest Walk in 1978 to protest anti-Indian legislation. Today, he continues to work toward creating peaceful and positive images celebrating the magic and mystery of American Indian heritage. As part of this quest, he is committed to issues regarding the preservation of the earth. Means also remains active on his reservation of South Dakota, having instituted programs such as the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Treatment Centre for addictions, the Porcupine Health Clinic, the Free Ambulance Service and others.

Means is also an accomplished artist, whose paintings have been exhibited in galleries and poet, with a book of poems to be published in the year 2000.


  • 10th November 1939 - Birth