The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized to Native American activist and actor Sachin Littlefeather, nearly 50 years after he faced humiliation and harassment as he declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar.
In 1973, Littlefeather became the first person to make a political statement at the Oscars. When Brando was announced as the winner of Best Actor for his role in ‘The Godfather’, Littlefeather took to the stage a powerful and touching statement About the portrayal of Native Americans in the entertainment industry.
during his speech, Littlefeather was applauded and booed. He recently claimed in an interview with frameThe Academy’s digital magazine, that John Wayne physically assaulted her and kicked her off the stage.
In June, David Rubin, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, issued an apology For Littlefeather the way he was treated.
“I write you a letter today, coming from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the humble acknowledgment of your experience at the 45th Academy Awards,” Rubin’s letter said. “When you stood up on the Oscars stage in 1973 to not accept an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, in recognition of the misrepresentation and mistreatment of Native American people by the film industry, you made a powerful statement that reminds us of the need to The importance of respect and human dignity.
“The abuse you suffered because of this statement was unfair and unjustified. The emotional burden you have gone through and the cost of your own career in our industry is irreparable,” the part in the statement continued. “The courage you have shown for too long is unacceptable. For this, we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere appreciation.”
In addition, the Academy announced that it “An Evening with Sachin Littlefeather“A Conversation with Littlefeather About Reflection, Healing, and Celebration, September 17th.
Littlefeather said the apology is overdue.
“With regards to the Academy’s apology, we Indians are very patient people – it’s only been 50 years! We need to always maintain our sense of humor about this. This is our way of survival,” she said in a news release. Said “I never thought I’d live to see the day this program takes place, which includes such amazing original cast members and Bird Runningwater, a television and film producer who worked through the institute’s laboratories for over twenty years.” Guided the Sundance Institute’s commitment to indigenous filmmakers. and Sundance Film Festival.
“It’s like a dream come true. It’s heartening to see how much has changed since I accepted the Academy Award 50 years ago. I’m so proud of everyone who has come on stage,” he said.
The event was programmed by Littlefeathers and produced by Amy Homa, the Academy Museum’s Vice President of Education and Public Engagement. It will also include apology letters from the Academy, performances by Native Americans, and readings from distinguished guests.