Actress and Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather passed away at age 75.

At the age of 75, Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American actress and activist who created history by declining Marlon Brando’s nomination for Best Actor, has away.

Her passing was reported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday in a tweet.

“Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American civil rights activist who famously denied Marlon Brando’s 1973 Best Actor Academy Award, dies at 75,” stated the tweet, which included a picture of the Apache and Yaqui actress.

Littlefeather revealed she had breast cancer metastasized in a Facebook post in January of last year, despite the fact that no immediate cause of death was given.

When Littlefeather appeared on stage at the 1973 Oscars on behalf of “The Godfather” actor Brando, who had decided to skip the ceremony in opposition to how Native Americans were portrayed on the big screen, she made Oscar history. Brando was also responding to how the federal police had handled the American Indian Movement’s occupation of the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee.

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She delivered a brief speech while dressed in a buckskin outfit and moccasins, to boos and cheers from the audience. It lost the aspiring actress, whose film credits included “Winterhawk,” “Shoot the Sun Down,” and “The Trial of Billy Jack,” her career because she was quickly put on a blacklist by the movie business and shunned by the entertainment community.

In a letter to Littlefeather, former Academy President David Rubin stated that the abuse was “unwarranted and inappropriate.”

“The emotional toll you’ve endured and the damage to your own career in our field are irreparable,” he continued. The courage you shown has gone unnoticed for far too long. We sincerely apologise for this and express our admiration for you at the same time.

The apology, according to Littlefeather, is a “dream come true.” “We Indians are incredibly patient people – it’s only been 50 years!

The Academy recently held a gathering at their film museum in Los Angeles where Littlefeather served as the main speaker in addition to other Indigenous artists.

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