Our very first program with the dynamic Russell Means is a moving and eloquent presentation on the state of Native America. He asserts consciousness has changed among indigenous people. But among many of the descendants of white European settlers, enmity, prejudices and colonial attitudes remain. For example, he says, “The Pope is going to canonize Father Serra, an Indian murderer and Indian slave owner.” In North and South America the lands and traditions of indigenous peoples are under assault. But there is resistance. Native peoples are organizing and fighting for their dignity and rights.
Recorded at the University of Colorado in Denver.
Russell Means, an Oglala Lakota and a prominent voice in the struggle for indigenous rights, was the first national director of the American Indian Movement. Under his leadership, and through actions from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, the organization and the plight of Native Americans received national and international attention. He acted in a number of movies including The Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers. He is the author of Where White Men Fear to Tread and with Bayard Johnson, If You’ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way. He passed away in South Dakota on October 22, 2012.