Monday, April 26, 2010

Russell Means, Lakotah Elder

Russell Means at his home, Santa Fe, New Mexico
March 2000

It is hard to believe that it's been a whole decade since I photographed Russell Means for an interview I conducted with him.  At the time, I was more concerned with asking the kind of questions to elicit candid and upfront responses than I was with obtaining a great photograph.

As it turns out, I captured what turned out to be one of the most iconic portraits of this great civil rights leader and founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM).

These days, Russell is fighting for the independence of the Lakotah Nation in South Dakota.

Mitakuye Oyasin!