Bill Means

Self-introduction of Bill Means during the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Sympsium / Auto prensentación de Bill Means en el diá de abertura del Simposio de 2013

William "Bill" Means is Lakota and a founder of the International Indian Treaty Council and
current the President of the Board. During this nine years as Executive Director, he was
responsible for the establishment of a system for documenting human rights violations
against Indians. He is a co- ‐ founder of the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations
and an expert of U.S. and Indian Treaty relations. He was executive director of American
Indian O.I.C., a job center that has placed over 14,000 people in full- ‐ time employment. He
has been on the Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement since 1972.
He is a veteran of Wounded Knee 1973 and helped coordinated legal defense work on
over 500 Wounded Knee federal indictments. Bill has extensive negotiating experience
with tribal, city, state, federal and international agencies. For five years he was Executive
Director of the Heart of the Earth Survival School for Indians. He is on the Board of the
World Archeological Congress and has lectured extensively at major universities here and
abroad. He graduated from Black Hills State University, has been in many environmental
campaigns from the Black Hills Alliance and is a Vietnam combat veteran.

He attended both Conferences of 1977 and 1981 at the UN in Geneva

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UN Geneva