Contents 1 Early life 2 Activism 3 Academy Awards acceptance speech 4 Inspiration 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Littlefeather was born in Salinas, California.[3] Her ancestry is Apache, Yaqui, and Pueblo on her father's side, while her mother is of French, German, and Dutch descent. She asserts that her father was from the White Mountain Apache and Yaqui tribes of Arizona and that "Cruz" is her father's recognized tribal name.[4]

Activism[edit] A member of Indians of All Tribes, Littlefeather participated in the occupation of Alcatraz Island by aboriginal Americans' rights activists in 1969.[5]

Academy Awards acceptance speech[edit] Marlon Brando became involved with the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) in the early 1970s. Despite being the favourite to win the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), Brando decided to boycott the ceremony as a protest against the ongoing siege at Wounded Knee and his views on how aboriginal Americans were being portrayed in Hollywood movies or on American television. In early 1973, he contacted A.I.M. about providing a person to accept an Oscar on his behalf. Aboriginal American leaders, Dennis Banks and Russell Means, picked Sacheen Littlefeather to collect the award. Brando wrote a fifteen-page speech about the continuing federal siege at Wounded Knee for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony. However, when a producer met her back-stage, he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than sixty seconds.[6] Wearing a traditional Apache dress for the occasion,[7] her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went back-stage and read the entire speech to waiting journalists. Roger Moore, who presented the award (and had recently been announced as the new "James Bond, Agent 007"), stated in his autobiography My Word Is My Bond, that he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy. Moore repeated this story on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show in 1982.[8] Littlefeather's appearance prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rule out future proxy acceptance of Academy Awards.[9]

Inspiration[edit] Jada Pinkett Smith wrote to Littlefeather saying that watching her Oscar speech encouraged her to boycott the 88th Academy Awards.[10]

Filmography[edit] The Laughing Policeman (1973) (uncredited) Counselor at Crime (1973) 45th Annual Academy Awards (TV) (1973) (Representing Marlon Brando to explain his boycotting of his Best Actor award for The Godfather) Freebie and the Bean (1974) (uncredited) The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) Winterhawk (1975) Johnny Firecloud (1975) Shoot the Sun Down (1978) Reel Injun (2009)

References[edit] ^ "Sacheen Littlefeather". Sacheen Littlefeather. Retrieved October 4, 2012.  ^ "Indian Terms Words Hers, Not Brando". New York Times. Associated Press. April 1, 1973.  ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 -". July 1, 1905. Retrieved October 4, 2012.  ^ Sacheen Cruz Littlefeather Biographical details ^ James Stuart Olson. Historical dictionary of the 1970s. 1999, page 232 ^ personal interview in Neil Diamond's Reel Injun, (2009) ^ Oscars (October 2, 2008). "Marlon Brando's Oscar® win for " The Godfather"". Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via YouTube.  ^ "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, March 30, 1982" ^ "Oscar Watch; Oscar takes a bow for legacy of controversy", Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald, March 16, 2003 ^ "Meet the woman who refused Marlon Brando's Oscar and inspired Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott". Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via LA Times. 

External links[edit] Sacheen Littlefeather on IMDb That Unfinished Oscar Speech Text, Audio, Video of Sacheen Littlefeather's Oscar Speech for Marlon Brando Official website Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 132943880 LCCN: no2010134890 Retrieved from "" Categories: 1946 birthsLiving peopleNative American activistsNative American actressesAmerican people of Apache descentPeople from Salinas, CaliforniaActivists from the San Francisco Bay AreaAmerican women activistsPeople from San Rafael, CaliforniaActivists from CaliforniaMarlon BrandoHidden categories: CS1: Julian–Gregorian uncertaintyUse mdy dates from February 2017Articles with hCardsWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiers

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