Actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather accepted an Oscar apology nearly 50 years after being booed offstage.
In 1973, she took the stage in a traditional buckskin dress to turn down an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando and then gave a speech on the mistreatment of Native Americans by the film industry.
A minute after her speech she was whistled offstage and boycotted by the film industry for decades.
However, earlier this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather In a letter and Saturday at an event honoring her in Los Angeles, the 75-year-old was cheered as she took the stage.
“Well, I did it. It took 50 years,” he said at the event, titled “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather,” which featured Native American performances.
In 1973 Littlefeather was asked to go to the Oscars by her friend Marlon Brando who had won the Best Actor award for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
She said that when she started speaking the audience whistled and some teased her with the sharp sound of a tomahawk and the screams of “Indians”.
“Big John Wayne was ready to attack me. He had to be held by six security guards,” he said.
During the weekend event, the Academy’s letter of apology was read: “While you were on the stage of the Oscars in 1973 for not accepting the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, in recognition of the misrepresentation and mistreatment of Native Americans. on the part of the film industry, you made a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity, “he said.
He replied: “I accept this apology not only for me alone, but an acknowledgment not only for me, but for all of our [Native American] country. Our nation needs to hear these excuses. “