The Sawaya Law Firm Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Russell Means

The Sawaya Law Firm is proud to sponsor the dinner celebrating the life and legacy of Russell Means along with the Office of Mayor Michael Hancock, Russell’s family, friends and allies. The dinner is held on Saturday, November 9th in support of the Russell Means T.R.E.A.T.Y. Educational Endowment, a 501 (c) 3.

Russell Means was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian leader, described during his life as “the most famous American Indian of the 20th century.” He is also recognized by his film roles such as, the Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers. Means passed away on October 2012. The dinner is a part of a number of events in Denver to remember and to honor the vast contributions of Russell Means.

Please see below for a full list of events. For more information on these events, please visit

Symposium Discussing the Life and Legacy of Russell Means

  • When: Friday, November 8, 10 am – 3pm (Free Event)
  • Where: University of Colorado at Denver/ Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver

Tivoli Student Center • Rooms 320 A, B, C

This symposium will examine the complex and multi-faceted life of one of the most important indigenous revolutionary leaders of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Discussion topics will stretch from the battlefield at Wounded Knee to the United Nations to Hollywood.

“Days and Nights” Film Screening

  • When: Friday, November 8, 6:15 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street

As part of the Starz Denver International Film Festival, the last film in which Means appeared, Days and Nights, will be screened at the Denver Pavilions. The film – a modern retelling of Chekhov’s The Seagull – also features William Hurt, Allison Janney and Katie Holmes. A panel discussion will be held after the film. Tickets can be purchased by contacting or

A second film starring Means, Black Cloud, written and directed by Rick Schroder, will be shown on Saturday Nov. 9 at11:45 a.m. at SIE Film Center (2510 E Colfax Ave.). Tickets will be available through the Denver Film Society.

Russell Means Public Honoring

  • When: Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m. (Free Event)
  • Where: Lincoln High School (2285 S Federal Blvd.)

Join us for a beautiful Russell Means tribute to include guest speakers, Lakota drum, and a 24-minute video piece from “The Russell Means Documentary”. Dinner will follow at the Denver Indian Center, 4407 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80219.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.