After telling the audience she wouldn’t be able to read Brando’s entire comment, Littlefeather improvised a very short version of her speech. “He regrets not being able to accept this generous award, and the reason for this is because of the film industry’s treatment of American Indians today,” Littlefeather said, before a pause, Littlefeather said. was interrupted by both boos and loud applause. “And on television and on reruns, and also with the recent developments in Injured Knee.”
One month before, Occupation of the injured knee began, and the standoff between federal agents and the American Indian Movement would eventually last 71 days and lead to bloodshed. In the documentary “Reel Injun,” Lakota activist Russell Means says he and others watched Littlefeather’s speech from Wounds Knee, and it lifted their spirits in their moment. I’m not sure I’ll get out of the profession alive. “Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather have completely elevated our lives,” he told the documentaries.
Littlefeather spoke briefly and thoughtfully, ending his speech with a message of hope: “I plead at this time that I was not trespassed this evening and that in the future, hearts and understandings ours will meet again with love and generosity.” Despite the peaceful message, booing spectators and a threatening producer weren’t the only ones in the room treating her with hostility. Littlefeather spoke to the Academy website Picture frames this week and describe how the western actor is famous and racist note John Wayne had to be restrained, saying: “He came in a fit of rage to physically attack me and take me off the stage. And he had to be restrained by six security guards for that to not happen. happen.”
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