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Name: Sacheen Littlefeather                                                       
Born: 30 January 1947                                                             
Sacheen Littlefeather (born Maria Cruz on 30 January 1947) Salinas, California,   
U.S. is an activist who donned Apache dress and explained on behalf of actor     
Marlon Brando why he would not arrive to claim the Oscar he had won for The       
Godfather in a prepared statement at the Academy Awards on March 27, 1973.       
Marlon Brando became involved with the American Indian Movement in the early     
1970s. He decided in 1973 that he wanted to make a statement about events at     
Wounded Knee and contacted AIM about providing a person to accept the Oscar for   
him. Dennis Banks and Russell Means picked Maria Cruz. She had previously been   
the winner of the 1970 Miss American Vampire competition.                         
She represented Brando and his boycotting of the Best Actor Oscar for The         
Godfather (1972), as a way to protest the ongoing siege at Wounded Knee and       
Hollywood and television's misrepresentation of American Indians. Brando had     
written a fifteen-page speech to be given at the awards by Cruz, but when the     
producer met her backstage, he threatened to physically remove her or have her   
arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 45 seconds. Her comments on stage   
were improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. 
Exactly what became of the Oscar still remains unknown.                           
Afterward, she began a brief acting career and appeared nude in Playboy in       
October 1973. Cruz has a heritage that includes Apache, Yaqui, Pueblo, and       
European ancestry.                                                               
Currently, Sacheen is the co-ordinator of the Kateri Prayer Circle in San         
Francisco and resides in the San Rafael, California area.