Who Is Sacheen Littlefeather?

Sacheen Cruz Littlefeather was an American model, actress, and civil rights activist for Native Americans.

Sacheen Littlefeather, went on stage at the 1973 Oscars to say that Marlon Brando would not accept his award for The Godfather, has died.

Littlefeather died on Sunday at noon at her home in the city of Novato in northern California. She was surrounded by her family and friends.

In June, Littlefeather got an apology from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for how she was treated at the Oscars that night.

On September 17, Littlefeather was present for a personal presentation of the apology that took place at the Academy Museum.

At the Oscars, she only had 60 seconds to say what she wanted to say about Native American rights before she was booed off the stage.

Littlefeather was born Marie Louise Cruz in Salinas, California. In college, she became interested in Native American issues and helped occupy Alcatraz Island in 1970.

"I'm going to another place, I'm going back to where my ancestors lived. I'm saying goodbye to you … I've worked hard and earned the right to be myself," she said about death. 

A documentary titled "Sacheen Breaking the Silence" was released in 2021, and it documented her life as well as her activism.