The widow of late Native American activist Russell Means has filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit accusing medical providers affiliated with Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe of a misdiagnosis that led to her husband’s death.
Means became an iconic figure in the 1970s for his brash criticisms and attention-grabbing protests against injustices endured by Indians. He survived gunshot wounds on three separate occasions and a stabbing in the belly, but ultimately died of esophageal cancer on Oct. 22, 2012, at the age of 72.
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