Jan 1, 2016
In this episode of Native Opinion, we remember Native American
Activist, Poet,Author,musician, and actor, John Trudell. His
passing was felt by thousands of people around the world. John
Trudell (February 15, 1946 – December 8, 2015) was a Native
American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He
was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover
beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free
Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of
Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. He acted in three films in the 1990s. The documentary Trudell (2005) was made about him and his life as an activist and artist.
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