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Widow of late activist Russell Means files wrongful death case

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More on: cancer, new mexico, oglala sioux, russell means

The late activist Russell Means, Oglala Lakota, is seen in this photo from April 2012 at the Dakota Conference on the campus of Augustana College in South Dakota. PHOTO COURTESY/STEW MAGNUSON

The widow of the late activist and actor Russell Means has filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit in New Mexico.

Pearl Means says doctors affiliated with the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe failed to diagnose her late husband's cancer despite repeated trips to clinics during the spring of 2011. He was finally diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, tongue, lymph nodes and lungs at the UCLA Medical Center in July 2011.

The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Means, who was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, died in October 2012. He was 72.

Get the Story:
Russell Means’ widow sues Christus medical providers, claims misdiagnosis led to activist’s death (The Santa Fe New Mexican 6/22)

Related Stories:
Native Sun News: Hundreds gather to remember Russell Means (10/31)
Native Sun News: Activist Russell Means succumbs to cancer (10/24)
Russell Means, Oglala Sioux activist, passes after cancer battle (10/22)

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