Alumnus Advances Russell Means’ Work through Art Exhibit on EIU Campus

Opening Reception:
“The Artwork of Russell Means”
6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13
Booth Library, Marvin Foyer
Exhibit runs through May 15
Special Guests: Pearl Means
Gordon and Mary Grado
Speaker: Don Holly, EIU anthropology professor,
to discuss Russell Means, his work and legacy

Russell Means and Gordon Grado met under challenging circumstances.
Means, perhaps best known as a political activist and early leader of the American Indian Movement, could barely talk because of a cancerous tumor pressing against his throat. He and his wife, Pearl, met Grado, a world renowned oncologist based in Scottsdale, Ariz., during Means’ initial consultation.
“When we walked in, Gordon sat on the edge of his chair, looked straight into Russell’s eyes and told him what an honor it was to meet him,” Pearl Means recalled.
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