In “Agents of Repression,” a book by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall on the FBI’s secret wars against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, there is a photo of Russell Means carrying an enlarged photograph of Richard Nixon like a shield in preparation of a confrontation with the police in front of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) building in D.C. in 1972.

This action was typical of Means’ audacity and his creative way of bringing attention to the American Indian Movement (AIM). With his death on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., the world is reminded again of his tireless dedication to the rights of indigenous people. He