Niagara Falls, NY – The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards will be inducting the late American Indian activist, actor, and musician, Russell Means, into the NAMA Hall of Fame on May 10, 2013 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
The NY Times described him as, “the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples”. The LA Times called him, “the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.” Means is remembered as an “Oglala Lakota patriot and freedom fighter” by his family.
An inspirational visionary, Russell Means, passed away in October of 2012 at his ranch in Porcupine, South Dakota at the age of 72. He will remain one of the most magnetic voices in America. His vision was to create peaceful and positive images celebrating the magic and mystery of his American Indian heritage. He was committed to educating all people about the preservation of the earth. He encompassed tremendous character and ability in multiple mediums on all fronts; whether as a co-founder of A.I.M., leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, starring in a motion picture, or performing his “Rap-ajo” music.
As a musician, Means released two national recordings, the 16 track Electric Warrior, on Warrior Records in 1993, and The Radical, released on the American Indian Music Company, Inc., in 1995. He described his music as a Tribal Experience that included all genres of music; Classical, Country & Western Rock-n-Roll, Hard Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz and the Blues. He called his own music and words, Rap-ajo because he said, “It’s my version of Rap”.
Means entered the entertainment business in both film and music to try to change mainstream attitudes toward American Indians. His recordings contained songs entitled, “Nuclear World”, “Paha Sapa”, “Wounded Knee Set Us Free”, “Chief Joseph”, “Consipiracy To Be Free” and more. These recordings preserve the life and legacy of Russell Means through music and spoken word and are a reminder of his courage, inspiration and teachings now left behind for us.
His wife Pearl Means will be present to receive the Hall of Fame Induction. A musical tribute, accompanied by images of Means throughout his life, will be performed by Native American Music Award winner CC Murdock. CC Murdock, who won Best Country Recording in 2011, will be performing the song, Go Rest High On That Mountain. During his final journey, the ashes of Russell Means were spread at Yellow Thunder Camp in the Black Hills.
Copies of Russell Means’ CD recordings will be available at the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards and at: http://www.russellmeans.com