Sacheen Littlefeather has formally accepted an apology from the Academy over the abuse she endured as she gave her 1973 Oscars speech.
In June, the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences prolonged an apology to Littlefeather over the hostile reception she obtained on the awards ceremony 49 years in the past.
Over the weekend, Littlefeather, 75, formally accepted the apology at an occasion titled “An Night with Sacheen Littlefeather”, which was held on the Academy Museum of Movement Photos in Los Angeles.
In response to the apology letter issued by then-Academy president David Rubin, Littlefeather mentioned: “I’m right here accepting this apology. Not just for me alone, however as acknowledgement, understanding that it was not just for me however for all of our nations that additionally want to listen to and deserve this apology tonight.
“Now, I would really like all of the Indian individuals on this viewers to face. Take a look at our individuals, take a look at one another and be proud that we stand as survivors, all of us.”
She continued: “Please, after I’m gone, all the time be reminded that everytime you stand to your reality, you may be conserving my voice and the voices of our nations and our individuals alive.
“I stay Sacheen Littlefeather. Thanks.”
In 1973, the actor and activist graced the stage on Marlon Brando’s behalf after he was awarded Greatest Actor for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
In a strong speech, she rejected the award as a part of Brando’s protest of Hollywood’s depictions of Native American individuals. The gesture additionally supposed to focus on the occasions at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, the place a bloodbath of Native Individuals happened in 1890, and the place protests had been ongoing.
On the time, her remarks had been met with some sounds of help, in addition to boos from those that disagreed along with her taking a political stand on the ceremony.
Based on Littlfeather, John Wayne took explicit offence to her stance. The Western movie star performed a cowboy at odds with Indigenous characters in a lot of his movies.
“Throughout my presentation, he was coming in direction of me to forcibly take me off the stage, and he needed to be restrained by six safety males to forestall him from doing so,” she advised The Guardian in 2021.
On the time that the apology was issued earlier this summer time, the actor expressed her happiness at having her mistreatment be acknowledged.
“This can be a dream come true,” she mentioned in an announcement. “It’s profoundly heartening to see how a lot has modified since I didn’t settle for the Academy Award 50 years in the past. I’m so pleased with each one who will seem on stage.”
Littlefeather, who starred in movies The Laughing Policeman, The Trial of Billy Jack and Johnny Firecloud, has beforehand acknowledged that after rejecting Brando’s Oscar, she was primarily blacklisted from the leisure trade. After showing in Shoot the Solar Down in 1978, Littlefeather didn’t act in an onscreen mission once more.
She subsequent featured within the documentary Reel Injun in 2009, earlier than subsequent showing as herself within the documentary brief Sacheen: Breaking the Silence in 2018.