Indian Activist Russell Means, R.I.P. (1939-1972) (continued)
More than 300 AIM members resisted the government for 71 days.
Unlike other AIM activists, Means held a libertarian political philosophy. He ran for the nomination of President under the banner of the Libertarian Party and came in second in the 1987 Libertarian National Convention, but lost the nomination to Ron Paul. In January 2012, Means backed Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.
In 2007, Means and other American Indian activists backed the non-binding United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and sent a letter to the State Department indicating they would withdraw from all treaties with the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.
Also in 2007, Means and a delegation of activists declared the Republic of Lakota a sovereign nation, with property rights over thousands of square miles in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.