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American Indian Movement Founder Dies

Dennis Banks led the siege at Wounded Knee

(Newser) - Dennis Banks, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement, died on Oct. 29 at the age of 80. Banks, a member of the Chippewa tribe who was born on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, died of complications from pneumonia 10 days after undergoing open-heart surgery, the... More »

Wounded Knee Activist Russell Means Dies

He also starred in Last of the Mohicans , once ran for president

(Newser) - Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, reveled in stirring up attention, and appeared in several Hollywood films, has died. He was 72. Means died early today at his ranch in Porcupine, SD, an Ogala Sioux tribal spokeswoman said. Means... More »

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