DENVER – Russell Means passed away last year on October 22, 2012 at the age of 72. To honor his life, just over a year after his death from cancer, Means’ family, friends and allies are there hosting “Mitakye Oyasin – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Russell Means,” a series of events to remember the vast contributions of Means in both the indigenous and non-indigenous worlds.
Means was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian leader, described during his life as “the most famous American Indian of the 20th century.” He was at Wounded Knee in 1973 at the start of the 71-day siege of the hamlet by the American Indian Movement.
Later in life, Means became a Hollywood actor and appeared in films, such as “Last of the Mohicans,” and “Natural Born Killers.”
Here are the events being held in Means’ honor this weekend:
Symposium Discussing the Life and Legacy of Russell Means
When: Friday, November 8, 10 am – 3pm
Where: University of Colorado at Denver/ Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver
Tivoli Student Center • Rooms 320 A, B, C
This symposium will examine the complex and multi-faceted life of one of the most important indigenous revolutionary leaders of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Discussion topics will stretch from the battlefield at Wounded Knee to the United Nations to Hollywood.
Panel 1 – 10 am – Noon
The Life and Times of Russell Means: The Good, The Bad, The Real
Video: We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee
Panel 2 – 1-3 pm
The Struggle Continues: The Legacy of the Work and Vision of Russell Means
Days and Nights Film Screening
When: Friday, November 8, 6:15 p.m.
Where: Downtown Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street
As part of the Starz Denver International Film Festival, the last film in which Means appeared, “Days and Nights”, will be screened at the Denver Pavilions. The film – a modern retelling of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” – also features William Hurt, Allison Janney and Katie Holmes. A panel discussion will be held after the film.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
A second film starring Means, “Black Cloud,” written and directed by Rick Schroder, will be shown on Saturday Nov. 9 at 11:45 p.m. at SIE Film Center (2510 E Colfax Ave.).
Tickets will be available through the Denver Film Society.
Gala Fundraising Dinner
When: Saturday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities (6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada)
Enjoy an evening of great food and special guest entertainment to promote the creation of the Russell Means Library on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation. Utilizing Grandmother the Earth, the natural all green organic state-of-the-art structure will showcase Russell’s lifelong contributions. The library will continue Russell’s tireless efforts to educate the public on indigenous and non-indigenous rights and issues through various innovative forms including cutting edge trans-media technology. A VIP reception, sponsored by the Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Ticket information available at: russellmeanshonoring-denver.com
Russell Means Public Honoring
When: Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m.
Where: Lincoln High School (2285 S Federal Blvd.)
Join the event organizers for a beautiful Russell Means tribute to include guest speakers, Lakota drum, and a 24-minute video piece from “The Russell Means Documentary”. Dinner will follow at the Denver Indian Center, 4401 Morrison Road, Denver, Colorado 80219.