Russell Means

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Russell Means
Personal Details
Birth: November 10, 1939
Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
Death: October 22, 2012(2012-10-22) (aged 72)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Occupation: Activist, Author, Actor
Residence: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Party: Libertarian
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Russell Means was an Oglala Lakota activist, author, actor, and politician from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He was a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), becoming its first National Director.[1]

In 1987, Means ran for President of the United States, seeking the Libertarian Party nomination in the 1988 election. He would finish as the runner up at the 1987 National Convention, losing the nomination to Ron Paul.

1988 Presidential Campaign


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1987 Libertarian Party National Convention Nomination for President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Ron Paul 196 51.31%
Russell Means 120 31.41%
James A. Lewis 49 12.83%
NOTA (write-in) 14 3.66%
Harry Glenn 3 0.79%



The Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County named its activist of the year award after Russell Means.[3]