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October 23, 2012

In memoriam

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

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Pinback button, 1990 (1991.139.8)

Russell Means (1939-2012)

Oglala Lakota activist, actor, and tribal leader Russell Means died yesterday (October 22) at the age of 72.  Means was a key figure of the American Indian Movement (AIM, originally based in Minneapolis) and participated in its most significant actions, including the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973.

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George McGovern (1922-2012)

Campaign poster, 1972 (J2 1972 b1)

George McGovern (1922-2012)

Former United States Senator George McGovern died on Sunday, October 21 at the age of 90.  McGovern was the Democratic party’s nominee for president in 1972 but lost the election to incumbent Richard Nixon.

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