|Russell Means fighting throat cancer|
|Monday, 05 September 2011|
Porcupine, South Dakota (UCTP Taino News) – The Los Angeles Times once described Russell Means as “the most famous Indian since Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse.” An actor, author, and a former leader of the American Indian Movement, Means (Lakota) survived the 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation, guerilla wars in Nicaragua, and 9 assassination attempts on his life. Now the 71 year old is fighting a new foe – esophageal cancer.
Last month doctors told Means the cancer is too advanced for surgery. He has dismissed mainstream treatments opting to turn to indigenous medicines, spiritual healing ceremonies, and some alternative cancer treatments from Europe and Canada. He has been receiving herbal teas and plants with cancer fighting properties from around the continent.
In a recent interview with the Rapid City Journal Means states that his prognosis is not good but he is “not going to argue with the Great Mystery”.
“Lakota belief is that death is a change of worlds. And I believe like my dad believed. When it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go” said Means.
After recently confirming his health condition in You Tube video, Means is receiving calls and emails from all over the world by people letting him know they are praying for him.
“Russell Means is a long-time supporter of the Taíno People and our prayers go out to him” stated Roger Hernandez, a representative of the United Confederation of Taíno People in Borikén (Puerto Rico).
Means attended and spoke at the Confederation’s Caribbean Indigenous Festival as well as ‘The Voice of Mother Earth Conference’ hosted by Presencia Taina (a Confederation member) back in 1999.
Hernandez will consult with island elders to determine if any additional medicinal support can be sent to the charismatic and controversial Lakota warrior.
“If I kick cancer, it’s going to be because of prayers and indigenous medicines -- and some German/Canadian alternative treatments,” said Means.