Sacheen Littlefeather

Oscar Award Acceptance on Behalf of Marlon Brando

delivered 27 March 1973, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center, CA

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Hello. My name is Sasheen Littlefeather. Im Apache and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee.

Im representing Marlin Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award.

And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry -- excuse me -- and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.

I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening, and that we will in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity.

Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando.


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Marlon Brando won the Oscar Award for best actor in a lead role for his portrayal of  Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

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