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Native American Actors- Sacheen Littlefeather

Sacheen Littlefeather is one of the Native American actresses who gained her popularity through the roles that she played depicting various aspects of the life of the Native American Indian peoples. There are not many Native American actors or Native American actresses, but those who have made it on the stage are commonly popular. Here one can read and learn more about one particular Native American actress, Sacheen Littlefeather.

Sacheen is not only known as a Native American actress but also as one of the few Native American activists who got the attention of the wide public. She is also known for presenting a speech on behalf of Marlon Brandon for his performance in The Godfather but who boycotted the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 as a way to protest against the ways in which Native Americans were treated by the film industry. The actress was born on November 16, 1946 in California and she comes from Apache, Yaqui, Pueblo and European predecessors. It is known that her father was a member of the White Mountain Apache as well as the tribe Yaqui, both found in Arizona. She became a member of the Indians of All Tribes in 1969 when she also became involved in activism regarding the American Indians’ rights.

Sacheen performed in various money, some of them having become popular and others little known to the grand public. Some of the movies in which she played different roles include Reel Injun, Winterhawk, Shoot the Sun Down, Il Consigliori, Freebie and the Bean, The Trial of Billy Jack, and others. She is however known worldwide as the Native American who stands up for her community and who has been a passionate and enthusiastic activist fighting for the rights of the Native American Indian people and she will always be recognized for the role she played in Marlon Brando’s boycott back in the 1970s.