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Sacheen Littlefeather Opens Up About Breast Cancer Status: ‘I’m Going To The Spirit World Soon’

Sacheen Littlefeather opened up about her cancer status at the recent Oscars held in her honor after officially apologizing for her hostile treatment at the 1973 Oscars.

The 75-year-old actress and activist first announced that she had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in a 2021 Facebook post, but discussed her current status with audiences attending Saturday’s (September 17) event, titled ” An Evening with Dingeen Littlefeather” was present.

“I’m going over to the spirit world soon,” she said as she presented personal gifts to a handful of people, including longtime friend Earl Neconie (Kiowa/Okla), musical directors Michael Bellanger (Ojibwe/Minn and Kickapoo/Okla). , Steve Bohay (Kiowa/Okla) and Joe Tohonnie (Apache/Ariz) and Jacqueline Stewart, Director and President of the Academy Museum.

“And you know, I’m not afraid to die. Because we come from a we/us/our society. We do not come from a me/me/me society. And we learn to give away at a young age. When we’re honored, we give,” Littlefeather added.

In June, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather for the hostile reception it received at the awards ceremony 49 years ago.

In response to then-Academy President David Rubin’s letter of apology, Littlefeather said: “I accept this apology. Not just for me alone, but as an acknowledgment in the knowledge that not only I but all of our nations need to hear and deserve this apology tonight.

“Now I want all Indians in this audience to stand up. Look at our people, look at each other and be proud that we stand as survivors, all of us.”

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She continued, “Please, when I am gone, always remember that whenever you stand up for your truth, you will keep my voice and the voices of our nations and our people alive.

“I stay things in Littlefeather. Many Thanks.”

In 1973, the actor and activist took the stage for Marlon Brando after winning an award for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in Best Actor The Godfather.

In a powerful speech, she turned down the award as part of Brando’s protest at Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans. The gesture was also intended to highlight events in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, where a massacre of Native Americans took place in 1890 and where protests were ongoing.

At the time, her comments were met with some supportive tones and boos from those who objected to her taking a political stance at the ceremony.

According to Littlfeather, John Wayne particularly resented her attitude. The western film star has played a cowboy at odds with indigenous characters in many of his films.

“During my presentation, he came up to me to force me off the stage and he had to be held down by six security guards to stop him,” she said The guard in 2021.

When the apology was released earlier this summer, the actress expressed her delight that her abuse was being acknowledged.

“This is a dream come true,” she said in a statement. “It is deeply encouraging to see how much has changed since I didn’t accept the Oscar 50 years ago. I’m so proud of every single person that will appear on stage.”

Littlefeather, who acted in films The laughing policeman, The Trial of Billy Jack and Johnny Firecloud, has previously explained that after turning down Brando’s Oscar, she was essentially blacklisted by the entertainment industry. After appearing in Shoot the sun down In 1978 Littlefeather stopped acting in a screen project.

Next she was seen in the documentary Reel Injun in 2009 before next appearing as herself in the documentary Sacheen: Breaking the silence in 2018.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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