Russell Means was no sugar-coated symbol.
He was fiery and unapologetic, critical of American culture for its exploitation of Native lands, peoples, and resources. He not only denounced crooks, haters, and charlatans, but also the paternalistic do-gooders who didn’t have a clue about what was actually going on in Indian country.
"Don’t be ashamed of your Indianess," he said. "Be proud."
"Indian isn’t backwards," he insisted. "It’s better."