Russell Means 11/10/1939 - 10/22/12 He laughed in response to being called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times. Last year he told the Rapid City Journal: “I thought Jim Thorpe was,” he said with a grin. “Jim Thorpe was my hero.”
1973. The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Leaders Russell Means and Carter Camp, with 200 activists and the Lakota Sioux of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town for 71 days to protest government failures to honor treaties with Native Americans.