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Published on Oct 23, 2012
 

American Indian activist Russell Means dead at 72

 
 

(REUTERS) - Native American activist-turned-actor Russell Means died on Monday at his home in South Dakota, his family said in a statement. He was 72.

"Our dad and husband now walks among our ancestors," the statement said.

The firebrand former leader of the American Indian Movement and onetime Libertarian Party candidate for United States (US) president had been battling advanced esophageal cancer.

Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, Means joined the American Indian Movement in 1968 and soon became one of the group's prominent leaders.