RNCI | Sacheen Littlefeather | The Academy

Our sister Sacheen Littlefeather crossed over yesterday. For speaking truth to power in 1973, her career was stolen from her –– but she never stopped. A Martinez (Actor, RNCI Boadmember)

Sacheen Littlefeather received ‘The Brando Award’ in 2019 at RNCI Red Nation Awards by presenter Rebecca Brando. This would be the only recognition Littlefeather received for her courage to speak truth to power regarding forty-eight years of systemic racism within the entertainment industry. In 2019, on her 73rd birthday, at the RNCI Red Nation Awards she was honored for a film about her life story: SACHEEN Breaking the Silence, Director Peter Spider, Executive Producer Gayle Kelley.

Acknowledgment Truth to Power | Facts to Know

Award-winning film ‘Sacheen: Breaking the Silence’ WON ‘Best Doc Short’ while Littlefeather was the recipient of RNCI ‘Brando Award’ in 2019/RNCI Red Nation Awards ceremony.

From 1973 to 2019 the 46 year long wait in silence forced the Academy to rethink the treatment of Native Americans in Cinema.  

Only after three more years did the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences apologize to Littlefeather, June 2022. 

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) longest-running Native Women-Led, Indigenous Media Arts Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry.

RNCI’s program Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards is the largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the country and is the First Native Indigenous Film Festival in Los Angeles. RNCI Red Nation Awards is the only Native awards ceremony broadcast annually in November Streaming on Red Nation Television Network – which leads up to all awards season.

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'As an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) member, being the first Native woman to be invited in 2016 and the first Native filmmaker to be short-listed for an Academy Award, this apology to Sacheen Littlefeather from the Academy is welcomed and long overdue'

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