October 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Culture

Denver, Co. – You may recognize him from such films as Last of the Mohicans and
Natural Born Killers, but Russell Means was much more than a face on the silver screen.
He was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian leader, described
during his life as “the most famous American Indian of the 20th century.” Means passed
away October 2012. This November 7-10, Russell’s family, friends and allies will host
Mitakuye Oyasin – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Russell Means, a series of
events in Denver to remember and to honor the vast contributions of Russell Means in
both the indigenous and non-indigenous world.
Open to the public events include:

Russell Means Art Exhibition
When: Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
Where: University of Denver, D.U Driscoll Student Center (2055 E. Evans Ave.)
See some of Means’ most famous etchings and paintings during this art exhibition on the
University of Denver Campus. There will also be a signing by Russell’s wife, Pearl, of his
final book, If You’ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You’ve Lost your Way. For
additional information contact Julia Bramante at? ?

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
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
Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Days and Nights Film Screening
When: Friday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Where: SIE FilmCenter (2510 E Colfax Ave.)
As part of the Starz Denver International Film Festival, the last film in which Means
appeared, Days and Nights, will be screened at the SIE FilmCenter. 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. A second film starring Means,
Black Cloud, written and directed by Rick Schroder, will be shown on Saturday Nov. 9 at
12:15 p.m. at a to-be-determined location. 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:

Russell Means Public Honoring
When: Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m.
Where: Lincoln High School (2285 S Federal Blvd.)Join us for a beautiful Russell Means
tribute to include guest speakers, Lakota drum, a 24-minute video piece from “The
Russell Means Documentary” and hors d’oeuvres’.
For more information on these events, please visit:
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For media inquiries, please contact:
Adrienne Benavidez, 246-6964

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