Russell Means 11/10/1939 - 10/22/12 Means laughed in response to being called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times. Last year he told the Rapid City Journal: “I thought Jim Thorpe was,” he said with a grin. “Jim Thorpe was my hero.”

Russell Means 11/10/1939 - 10/22/12 Means laughed in response to being called the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse by the Los Angeles Times. Last year he told the Rapid City Journal: “I thought Jim Thorpe was,” he said with a grin. “Jim Thorpe was my hero.”

STAND OFF AT WOUNDED KNEE, Dennis Banks founder of the American Indian Movement #idlenomore✔zϮ

STAND OFF AT WOUNDED KNEE, Dennis Banks founder of the American Indian Movement #idlenomore✔zϮ

Billy Mills, an Oglala-Lakota-Sioux American Indian from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA, is famous for becoming the first (and as of 2012, the only) American athlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal for the 10,000 meters footrace. 1964 Tokyo

Billy Mills, an Oglala-Lakota-Sioux American Indian from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA, is famous for becoming the first (and as of 2012, the only) American athlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal for the 10,000 meters footrace. 1964 Tokyo

Jim Thorpe - one of the greatest athletes. All-American gold medalist in pentathlon & decathlon. He played football, baseball & basketball professionally.

Jim Thorpe - one of the greatest athletes. All-American gold medalist in pentathlon & decathlon. He played football, baseball & basketball professionally.

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN MILITARY VETERAN — When Billy Mills won his Olympic gold medal in 1964 he was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN MILITARY VETERAN — When Billy Mills won his Olympic gold medal in 1964 he was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

✯ Maria Tallchief ("The night Maria Tallchief took center stage in Orpheus, a thunderous ovation was heard and history was made with the founding of the New York City Ballet. Author Francis Mason, who is featured in the film said, “Maria Tallchief lit a fire under classical ballet that is still burning.”)✯

✯ Maria Tallchief ("The night Maria Tallchief took center stage in Orpheus, a thunderous ovation was heard and history was made with the founding of the New York City Ballet. Author Francis Mason, who is featured in the film said, “Maria Tallchief lit a fire under classical ballet that is still burning.”)✯

An amazing story of the only Native American Indian woman who walked back home after walking the Trail of Tears. A beautiful memorial is built in northern Alabama by her great-grandson. So inspiring.

An amazing story of the only Native American Indian woman who walked back home after walking the Trail of Tears. A beautiful memorial is built in northern Alabama by her great-grandson. So inspiring.

Wilma Mankiller, first female in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe as chief of the Cherokee Nation

Wilma Mankiller, first female in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe as chief of the Cherokee Nation


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Maria Tallchief was the first Native American to become prima ballerina of a major company. From 1942 to 1947 she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but she is even better known for her time with the New York City Ballet, from its founding in 1947 through 1965. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, Inc.

Maria Tallchief was the first Native American to become prima ballerina of a major company. From 1942 to 1947 she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but she is even better known for her time with the New York City Ballet, from its founding in 1947 through 1965. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, Inc.

Maria Tallchief..American Indian,Famous Balet Dancer

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Billy Mills

Billy Mills

Running Brave (1983)  Great movie about Billy Mills

Running Brave (1983)

Running Brave (1983) Great movie about Billy Mills

Artist Pat Mills created this piece to celebrate her husband's accomplishments. It is rich with symbolism and tells of Bill's spiritual and physical journey to success and honor.

Artist Pat Mills created this piece to celebrate her husband's accomplishments. It is rich with symbolism and tells of Bill's spiritual and physical journey to success and honor.

One of my heros: Billy Mills

One of my heros: Billy Mills

Olympian, Humanitarian Capt Billy Mills US Marine Corps (Served 1962-1971) Short Bio: In 1964, Billy Mills provided one of those moments for the past millennium. The U.S. runner pulled off one of the greatest, if not the greatest, upset in Olympic history by winning the 10,000-meter run at the Tokyo Summer Games. Mills’ path to the Marine Corps, as well as the Olympics, was littered with road blocks of poverty and racism. Mills, was born an Oglala Sioux on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge…

Olympian, Humanitarian Capt Billy Mills US Marine Corps (Served 1962-1971) Short Bio: In 1964, Billy Mills provided one of those moments for the past millennium. The U.S. runner pulled off one of the greatest, if not the greatest, upset in Olympic history by winning the 10,000-meter run at the Tokyo Summer Games. Mills’ path to the Marine Corps, as well as the Olympics, was littered with road blocks of poverty and racism. Mills, was born an Oglala Sioux on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge…

Billy Mills

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