RIP Russell Means


And here are a series of published opinions in cases involving Russell Means. Very colorful.

US v Banks & Means

US v Means CA8

US v Means & Poor Bear

US v Means CA8 1988

State of South Dakota v. Means

State of South Dakota v. Means — bail

US Marshals Service v Means

US Marshals Service v Means — Fees

Means v Wilson

Means v. District Court

Means v Navajo Nation

The last two cases, of course, are important precedents in tribal and federal Indian law. The Navajo Supreme Court spoke on the question of tribal criminal jurisdiction over nonmember Indians, holding arguments at Harvard Law School:

AIM: Movement or Mafia?

Interesting program hosted by MSU students, featuring Joseph and John Trimbauch, and Tim Giago. Commentary about Wounded Knee, “Incident at Oglala,” Leonard Peltier, Russell Means, and others. April 23 at the Kellogg Center.

“Why Tribes Should Not Withdraw From Treaties”

From RezNet’s TriBaLOG:

Following is a statement from the office of Rodney M. Bordeaux, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe:

On December 19th, 2007 four individuals calling themselves the Lakota Freedom Delegation held a press conference at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Washington DC where they announced a plan to withdraw from all Treaties signed by Indian Tribes with the United States.

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Lakota Independence from the US?

From Indianz:

Lakota Freedom Delegation withdraws from US

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A group called Lakota Freedom Delegation is withdrawing from the treaties their ancestors signed with the U.S. and is setting up their own independent nation. Four activists, including Russell Means, were in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to announce their plans. They said the federal government has failed to abide by 33 treaties that promised land, health care, education and other services. “Our people want to live, not just survive or crawl and be mascots,” Phyllis Young said, Agence France-Press reported. Members of the new nation won’t pay taxes. The new nation’s territory covers western parts of North and South Dakota and Nebraska and eastern parts of Wyoming and Montana.

Get the Story:
Lakota group pushes for new nation (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 12/20)
Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US (AP 12/20)
Lakota group declares sovereign nation status (The Rapid City Journal 12/20)

Relevant Links:
Lakota Freedom Delegation –