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Russell Means, left, and Dennis Banks, speak to reporters during the 1973 American Indian Movement standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Pinner says: "Russell Means, who was best known for his movie roles and his unrelenting and oftentimes controversial protests in favor of Native Americans, died at his ranch in Porcupine, S.

Russell Means, love this guy! We'll miss you, till we meet again on the other side

Russell Means, American Indian Activist, Dies at 72

Russell Means, love this guy! We'll miss you, till we meet again on the other side

Sioux Women Waiting for Rations at Pine Ridge Reservation, 1891, courtesy Library of Congress

Sioux Women Waiting for Rations at Pine Ridge Reservation, courtesy Library of Congress

Beating the Odds, Pine Ridge Reservation Student Earns Prestigous Horatio Alger Scholarship

Jamie Rae Richards Beating the Odds, Pine Ridge Reservation Student Earns Prestigous Horatio Alger Scholarship

Russell Means photographed by Andy Warhol, 1976

Russell Means, Actor and Indian Activist. Member of AIM

STAND OFF AT WOUNDED KNEE, Dennis Banks founder of the American Indian Movement #idlenomore

Stand off at Wounded Knee, Dennis Banks founder of the American Indian Movement~

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"American Indians" is the preferred name by which these people prefer to be called.  In his 1998 essay "I Am An American Indian, Not a Native American!", Russell Means, a Lakota activist and a founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), stated unequivocally, "I abhor the term 'Native American.'"

"I hate the term Native American" -Russell Means

Original caption: "September 17, 1974-St. Paul, MN: American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders Russell Means (L, seated) and Dennis Banks (seated wearing vest) sing an AIM victory song with other AIM members at a rally. The victory rally was held after charges were dismissed against Banks and Means in the eight-month-old Wounded Knee trial."

Original caption: "September 17, 1974-St. Paul, MN: American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders Russell Means (L, seated) and Dennis Banks (seated wearing vest) sing an AIM victory song with other AIM members at a rally. The victory rally was held after charges were dismissed against Banks and Means in the eight-month-old Wounded Knee trial."

Dennis Banks, Native American leader, teacher, lecturer, activist, and author, was born in 1932 on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. In 1968, he helped found the American Indian Movement (AIM), which was established to protect the traditional ways of Indian people and to engage in legal cases protecting treaty rights of Native Americans,  He's best known for leading the 1973 occupation by militant Indians of Wounded Knee

Dennis Banks born April 12 1937 a Native American leader teacher lecturer activist and author is an Anishinaabe born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation

Dennis Banks with Russell Means 2012

Dennis Banks with Russell Means 2012

In October 1971 AIM gathered members from across the country to a protest in Washington, D.C. known as the "Trail of Broken Treaties." AIM gained national attention when it seized the Bureau of Indian Affairs national headquarters and presented a 20-point list of demands of the federal government. In 1973 it led a 71-day armed standoff with federal forces at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

AIM in 1973 led a armed standoff with federal forces at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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Wounded Knee in Pine Ridge Reservation

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6 Beautiful Native Men Who Are Proud Of Their Culture: Martin Sensmeier is from the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan tribes of Alaska. He is an ambassador for Native Wellness Institute and advocates for wellness amongst Native people of all Nations.

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