Remembering Russell, Warrior for the People

 Not a traditional documentary or a tribute film, "I'm coming back as lightning" is an immediate, electrifying communiqué from Russell Means himself and in his own words.

There will be reflections as he revisits events – celebrations, heartbreaks and solitudes that not only shaped him as an individual but also as a rebel and America’s most dynamic patriot; a warrior who will never give up. There will be controversy as the film dissects how our country dealt with, and continues to treat, the cultures and people who are irreplaceable parts of this land and its heritage.

We will also visually telegraph Means’ embrace of the awe inspiring nature, skies, landscapes and humanity that are a mystical, integral part of all of us but are too often taken for granted.(Source)

Russell Means, one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement, said he is treating his esophageal cancer with traditional and alternative remedies.

Means, 71, who lives near Porcupine on the Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, told the Rapid City Journal he would not have accepted surgery even if doctors had not told him last month the cancer is inoperable. He said the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy are "unacceptable options."

"I'm not going to hang on to life under those conditions. No way am I going to hang on for that," he said.

Means became a contentious national figure during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation. He was acquitted of federal charges.

Since then, he has become a successful actor, with 34 movies and TV appearances to his credit, and has continued to be an activist.

"I've told people after I die, I'm coming back as lightning," he said. "When it zaps the White House, they'll know it's me."

Means said he is not afraid of death.

"I'm not going to argue with the Great Mystery," he said. "Lakota belief is that death is a change of worlds. And I believe like my dad believed. When it's my time to go, it's my time to go."(Source)

VIDEO Russell Means I'm Coming Back As Lightning
Russell Means Memorial from Thunderback Films on Vimeo.

Responses to "Preview of Russell Means Documentary: I'm coming back as lightning"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I look forward to see it <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    Olioni Russel! We wait for The Lightening!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Russel Means was THE Great Leader of our times because he lived and represeted THE HEARTBEAT/DRUMBEAT of Indigenous People throughout Our Planet.
    Terence 'Tree' Lowery

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  5. Anonymous says:

    ......Russel Means will live on forever in our heart.

  6. Donald Hanes says:

    Russel, while fighting the injustice of his people by the US Government and society as a hold helped wake up many American who did not know what was going on. It has lead to many attending Sun Dances and people's self education into the truth about the Native American. I thank him and all the members of AIM who brought to my attention a more truer path of knowledge about the proud, glorious American Indian.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I will miss him greatly. I am worried there is no one with his grace, skill, understanding, and learning, who will be able to carry on the fight with the oppressors. Mr. Means was able to confront his accusers in federal court, and win the battle against the well-financed federal prosecutor's office. He was one-of-a-kind.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Didn't know he had passed away or was even sick. I always admired him for standing up for what was right. He was one of a kind. Wish I could have met him.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I cannot wait to see this. it was good to hear his voice and see him. A true warrior for the people...
    --maria kn

  10. Anonymous says:

    My Favorite actor'Looking forward to seeing this

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  12. Anonymous says:

    When all Peoples of this Mother Earth realize that we are all One Indigenous People and can finally accept one another and support one another, joining Hearts and lifting each other up then we will find the True Beauty and Peace of Brotherhood under the care and love of One Father. Until then we will continue to be scattered to the wind. Hold fast to your Brothers and Sisters. Create an Island of Humanity and reach out and Grab those who are blowing by you. Build strong Communities of People. Reach Out! It is the only way.

  13. Anonymous says:

    No doubt Russell is one of the great men who made history Honor and respect my friend . I really want to to see .

  14. Unknown says:

    Such a great warrior of the people. Can't wait to see this

  15. Anonymous says:

    The American white man has always spoken words from his mouth with thunder. The true natives of the Americas have always had "LIGHTENING" in there hands.

  16. Unknown says:

    I must see!! RIP Russell!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    When is this coming out and where can i find it???


  19. Unknown says:

    Alway's Paha Sapa Born Warrior Alway's Paha Sapa Spirit Reborn!!!! go with Honor our Brother We Will All Meet you in the Spirit World Then Embrace you in the NEXT Chapter of Our Rebirth and Will Share the Sacred Pipe in All it's Glory and joy in the Knowledge the new Cleansing WILL Bring to Mother Earth!!! untill then we "will Walk the Talk" Rest My Brother . Snd for other's listening if you realy want to help the needy you will not find id from a person or person's standing along a freeway off ramp look NO Further Than the nearest RESERVATION ALL AID IS NEEDED ANY!!!! weather monitarily, food, art supplies pencil's or just your time and knowledge to teach a trade books clothes pretty much any help just look up P.O.W Camp #334 and #344 and you will gain a bit of knowledge you might not know google it and learn ty

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