The actor and activist, who fought for injustice against Americans in their native primes, succumbed to esophageal cancer on October 22nd 2012, a condition he had been diagnosed with since August 2011.
Russell had started his acting career back in 1992 and was known to wide audiences as Chingachgook in the Last of the Mohicans. Means was involved in pre-production for the 2013 film, Winnetou: The Beginning.
He was notable for his participation in the American Indian Movement, an organisation which focused on the various aspects and monitoring of the Native American urban community.
Means also briefly published an autobiography, recounting his life while growing up and a an album containing four songs.