User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

22° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Weather for November 26, 2015

SkyCam Network

Severe Weather

State Radar

Available on iOS and Android

Send photos to

Storm Center Update



[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Russell Means: Have No Fear

April 27, 2012, 10:11 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Russell Means: Have No Fear

People have tried to silence him, but Native American activist, author, and actor Russell Means has weathered that storm. He is known for leading the 71-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 1973 during the American Indian Movement.

"[I've had] 13 brushes with death in my life," he told a crowd gathered at Augustana College Friday night. "I've been hit by cars, shot, stabbed, and beaten twice."

Now almost 40 years after Wounded Knee, Means recalls the work of AIM which began in urban centers in the 1960s.

"When they sent us to big cities, they put us into poor neighborhoods, never allowing us a neighborhood of our own," he said.

Means told the crowd at first he didn't fit the mold. But of the Native American organizations at the time, AIM stood out and organized to advocate for Native American rights.

"We were on the front lines of being stripped of who we are -- no culture; not allowed to congregate," he said. "We had to do it on our own."

The movement grew, and in 1973 Means occupied Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation along with hundreds of Native Americans in protest of tribal corruption. For 71 days armed activists occupied the town, and shone a national spotlight on the plight facing Native Americans.

Means has since stayed in the spotlight as an actor and author. He has also had his own health scares in recent years, but told the crowd he has never feared for his life.

"When it's my time to go, it's my time to go," he said. "And nobody gets out of this life alone. So have no fear."

Mean's presentation was part of the Center for Western Studies' Dakota Conference, which studies significant cultural and historical issues.

Previous Story

Next Story



View news

You may also like

Roslyn Man Arrested In Shooting

11/21/2015 4:46 PM

A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.

Full Story
Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Joseph Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison

11/19/2015 3:55 PM

A judge has sentenced a man who was found guilty in the death of a two-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Full Story
Jared Fogle Gets More Than 15 Years In Prison

11/19/2015 12:20 PM

A judge has sentenced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to 15 years and eight months in prison for trading in child pornography and having sex with u...

Full Story
Tyrese Ruffin's Mother Speaks Publicly For First Time

11/25/2015 6:18 AM

In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.

Full Story