I find freedom to be the most important issue facing any human being today, because without freedom, then life is pointless. The more dependent you become on centralized power, the more easily you are lead around.

— Russell Means

The most simplistic Russell Means quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

[The is] a mistaken belief that [the word Indian] refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492.... Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio, meaning "in God."


I’m a human being, I’m not anyone’s mascot! And I am America’s conscience. And that’s what they don’t want to look at. They would rather look at a cartoon character than at the deceit of this country and this government.


Freedom is for everyone, whatever lifestyle they choose, as long as it's peaceful and honest


What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of Europe.


I do not want to be civilized. I want to be liberated.


Let me go to Clinton's new proposal: to have uniforms in public schools.

And people are doing that. How come they're doing that? Dress codes! I find that abhorrent.


Imagine going to the holy land in Israel, whether you're a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim, and start carving up the mountain of Zion. It's an insult to our entire being. It's bad enough getting four white faces carved in up there [on Mount Rushmore], the shrine of hypocrisy.


When a woman grabs my braids and says "How cute!" I crab her breast and say "How cute!" She never touches me again!


An oral society develops both sides of your brain, and the utilization of your brain is more complete than in a linear education module. The written word limits your brain capability by immediately focusing on one area. You don't have any peripheral vision. It immediately divorces you from the environment.


The one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not politically correct.


So Indian policy has become institutionalized and the result has been that American people have become more dependent on government and that the American people have become more dependent on corporations.


Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century.

We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done.


About Russell Means

Quotes 45 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

I don't want to be remembered as an activist; I want to be remembered as an American Indian patriot.


In the government schools, which are referred to as public schools, Indian policy has been instituted there, and its a policy where they do not encourage, in fact, discourage, critical thinking and the creation of ideas and public education.


I'd like to talk about free markets. Information in the computer age is the last genuine free market left on earth except those free markets where indigenous people are still surviving. And that's basically becoming limited.


I had often wondered how to best decolonize my people.

.. It must be done one human being at a time. Without that kind of help, Western society does not allow people to come to terms with their feelings. With honesty and therapy, my people can be made whole again.


Children in poverty aren't trying to get out of poverty;

they're just trying to rip off a pair of Nikes. So we Indian people are a microcosm of what's happening in America. We are now consumers, and our culture has gone.


I say to the Christians and to every missionary on the reservations, you're welcome to have a church here if you can support yourself. But if these churches can't support themselves, then take the hint and quit using our poverty for your direct mail solicitations.


Indians in America are yet to be considered human beings, even though the Pope issued a papal bull in 1898 that declared us to be human beings. But to show you the institutional racism, the sports teams are still using the Indians as mascots.


That's our charge as ancestors of unborn generations: to once again become free.


Colonialism has completed the destruction of the American Indian in the United States - the cultural destruction.


Even though the American Indian Movement on a national-international scale has proven to be extremely dysfunctional, the American Indian Movement I was associated with I'm very proud of. We were a revolutionary, militant organization whose purpose was spirituality first, and that's how I want to be remembered.


I knew at that young age that going to the Bureau of Indian Affairs was useless, absolutely useless. I grew up having no faith in the bureaucracy of government.


I've always considered myself a man of integrity as a leader of the American Indian Movement and of Indian people. I will stand that test against anyone at anytime, anywhere.


The United States is a fake country.


If you learn from an experience, that's good - so nothing bad happened to you.


The only way you can be free is to know is that you are worthwhile as a distinct human being.


It’s just unconscionable that America has become so stupid.


All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on forever. No theory can alter that simple fact. Mother Earth will retaliate, the whole environment will retaliate, and the abusers will be eliminated. Things come full circle, back to where they started. That's revolution.


So I'd much rather get across the concept of freedom.

It's what's important to Indian children. The only way you can be free is to know is that you are worthwhile as a distinct human being. Otherwise you become what the colonizers have designed, and that is a lemming. Get in line, punch all the right keys, and die.


Indian people are relics; we do not exist in the present.


You see the one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian.

I'm not a Native American. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put American before my ethnicity. I'm not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.


They don't understand that a slice of the pie isn't the whole pie - but they wonder why they are always hungry


I've always thought it was arrogant to write about yourself, particularly when you're still alive.


I never knew I was an artist until I did 'Last of the Mohicans'.


May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.


If I want my people to be free, Americans have to be free.


Being an Indian means living with the land.

And the only way we'll be able to do that is to gain our freedom.


Tourists came around and looked into our tipis.

That those were the homes we choose to live in didn`t bother them at all. The untied the door, opened the flap, and barged right in, touching our things, poking through our bedrolls, inspecting everything. It boggles my mind that tourists feel they have the god-given right to intrude everywhere.


America always put forth this phony melting pot theory, but it's a reality now.

They couldn't accomplish the melting pot economically; they couldn't accomplish it politically, or through education and science. But America has become a consumer society, and I see young people in the cities - of all colors and races - hanging out together over consumerism.


You can't talk about the environment, you can't talk about political correctness, affirmative action and all the other innumerable things that freedom is about, unless you have a free society based upon the integrity of the individual. If you have a responsible society, these other issues will not come up in a responsible society, and that is what freedom is all about.


True to your own ancestors, therefore true to yourself.


We Indians do not teach that there is only one god.

We know that everything has power, including the most inanimate, inconsequential things. Stones have power. A blade of grass has power. Trees and clouds and all our relatives in the insect and animal world have power. We believe we must respect that power by acknowledging it's presence. By honoring the power of the spirits in that way, it becomes our power as well. It protects us.


"Indian policy" has now been brought down upon the American people, and the American people are the new Indians of the 21st Century.