Sacheen Littlefeather has endured racism and insults after taking a stand against portraits that offend Native Americans.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist who suffered abuse when she resisted. against indigenous racism in the US film industry in the 1970s.
Film Academy of America said in a statement on Monday that it will host Littlefeather, now 75, for an evening of conversation and healing on September 17.
Littlefeather received an official apology letter from the head of the academy in June, nearly 50 years after taking the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards to denounce stereotypical depictions of Native Americans In the movie.
She became the target of racist abuse after she announced that actor Marlon Brando would not accept an award for his performance in “Godfather“To protest the poor treatment Native Americans received in the film industry.
“The emotional burden you’ve gone through and the price paid for your own career in our industry is irreparable. For too long the bravery you show has gone unrecognized. For this, we extend our deepest apologies and sincere admiration,” then-Academy President David Rubin said in the letter published Monday.
“This is a dream come true,” Littlefeather said in the statement shared by the academy. “It is gratifying to see how much has changed since I did not receive an Academy Award 50 years ago.”
The 1973 Academy Awards ceremony took place during a period of promotion of Native American activism, including the occupation of the American Indian Movement. Injured knee in South Dakota to protest the country’s legacy of violence against indigenous peoples and discrimination.
Wound Knee was the site of a massacre of Native Americans by the United States military in 1890 that left hundreds of men, women, and children dead.
Dressed in a deerskin dress and moccasins, Littlefeather rocked the industry in a 60-second speech on the Oscars stage, drawing attention with her derogatory portrait. Native Americans in American movies and TV shows.
As she spoke, the audience booed her, and actor John Wayne is said to have refrained from attacking her on stage. Littlefeather also said that she has suffered from personal attacks, discrimination and insults because of her stance. Indigenous rights.
In the letter, Rubin called his speech “a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity.”
The Academy has attempted to look into allegations of lack of racial diversity In recent years.
Littlefeather welcomed the change, saying that “regarding the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very patient people — it’s only been 50 years! We need to keep a sense of humor about this at all times. That is our method of survival. “
“People don’t realize what my experience is. They have absolutely no idea – don’t know – what my experience is, what I’ve been through.” – Sacheen Littlefeather
The Oral History of Sacheen Littlefeather: the Oscars, Marlon Brando and a Legacy of Activism. https://t.co/d5yC8hHc8n
– Academy (@TheAcademy) August 15, 2022
At the September event in Los Angeles, Littlefeather will chat with producer Bird Runningwater, co-chair of the academy’s Indigenous Alliance.
Littlefeather elaborates on the decision to speak out against distinguish in an interview earlier this year.
“I feel that it is necessary to have Local person, Blacks, Asians, Chicanos — I feel the need to include everyone,” Littlefeather said. “A rainbow of people should participate in creating their own image.”