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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:19 AM

KELOland: Russell Means: Activist, Actor, Cancer Survivor

SIOUX FALLS, SD - After battling cancer last year, and a bout with pneumonia earlier this month, a famous South Dakota Indian activist is now well enough to re-emerge in the spotlight. Russell Means, a longtime champion of Native American causes, and more recently a Hollywood star, begins filming a new movie this month. This controversial activist and actor remains fiery as ever.

A throat cancer diagnosis in 2011 threatened to permanently silence a leading voice for Native Americans.

"I was supposed to be dead by September, and here I am," Means said.

Means says he's cured of the cancer. He didn't seek conventional medical treatments, instead opting for traditional Indian medicine and relying upon prayers and encouragement from around the globe.


In a related story:

Wounded Knee Conference Gets Underway Friday

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The daughter of a slain American Indian Movement activist, an FBI agent and former AIM leader Russell Means are all scheduled to speak during a two-day conference recognizing the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Wounded Knee occupation.

The event, titled "Wounded Knee 1973: Forty Years Later," gets under way Friday at Augustana College.


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