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1970: Appointed American Indian Movement's first national director

1973: Led the takeover of Wounded Knee, a standoff with the federal government that lasted 71 days

1977: Worked with the United Nations to establish the offices of the International Indian Treaty Council

1987: Ran for nomination of President of the United States under the Libertarian Party; Lost to Ron Paul

1992: Started acting career with role in The Last Of The Mohicans

1995: Published autobiography, Where White Men Fear to Tread

August 2011: Diagnosed with esophageal cancer

 

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South Dakota Native American activist Russell Means died Monday morning at the age of 72.  Use the comment area below to share a memory of Means.