Russell Means, Native American Activist,To Speak November 18 in New York Room

Celebrated Native American activist Russell Means will give a talk titled "Discover the Matriarchal and Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian" Thursday, November 18, at 7 PM in Mary Woolley Hall's New York Room. The Los Angeles Times has called Means the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.

In his address, Means will discuss the matriarchal and spiritual legacy, philosophy, traditions, magic, and mystery of his people. He will also address the female/male balance in the universe, which he asserts is maintained by every life form except the human species. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

Committed to preserving the earth, Means captured national attention in 1973 when he led the seventy-one-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee in South Dakota. He was also instrumental in the 1970 siege of Mount Rushmore and the Thanksgiving Day demonstration that year at Plymouth Rock, in which more than 200 Indians seized the Mayflower, painted Plymouth Rock red, and observed a day of mourning. Recently, Means has had roles in three feature films, Pocahontas (the voice of Pocahontas's father), Natural Born Killers, and Last of the Mohicans. His autobiography, Where White Men Fear to Tread, was a national bestseller in 1996.

The event is sponsored by Native Spirit, Mount Holyoke's Native American student group, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke.