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Russell means
Russell Means
Background information
Born: November 10, 1939
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota United States
Died: October 22, 2012 (aged 72)
Porcupine, South Dakota, United States
Cause of death: Esophageal cancer
Alternate names:
Occupation(s): Activist, politician, actor, writer, musician
Years active: 1968-2012
Spouse(s): (Four previous marriages)
Pearl Means (1999-2012; his death)
Partner(s):
Children: 7 (three adopted)


Russell Means (November 10, 1939 - October 22, 2012) was a Native American activist, politician, actor, writer, and musician who provided the speaking voice of Chief Powhatan in the 1995 Disney animated film Pocahontasand its 1998 sequel. Disney sought Means for the role of Powhatan, who was not interested at first. However, after reading the script for Pocahontas, Russell Means was very supportive of the film and agreed to the role.

Disney Role

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