For the World to Live Columbus Must Die
Our very first program with the dynamic Russell Means in a moving and
eloquent presentation on the state of Native America. He recounts how
consciousness has changed among indigenous people but among the
white European settler descendants the old enmity and prejudices
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 Indian peoples, their lands and traditions are under assault. But
there is resistance. Native peoples are organizing and fighting for their
dignity and rights.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at 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.