John Trudell

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Birthday
15, 1946
Birthplace
Nebraska
Death Date
Dec 8, 2015 (69)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1946
Birthplace
Nebraska
Death Date
Dec 8, 2015 (69)

About

An author, political activist, performer, and former Chairman of the American Indian Movement, he is best known for Lines From a Mined Mind: The Words of John Trudell, an extensive collection of his essays, poetry, and song lyrics.

Before Fame

He was raised in Nebraska by a Mexican mother and a Santee Sioux father. He dropped out of high school at age seventeen to join the U.S. Navy.

Trivia

He became involved in Native American activism in 1969, when he served as spokesperson for an occupation of Alcatraz Island that was orchestrated by the United Indians of All Tribes.

Family Life

His wife and three children died tragically in a 1979 fire on a Nevada Indian Reservation.

Associated With

He went on tour with musician Peter Gabriel in 1993. During this tour, Trudell read his own poems and performed his traditional Native American songs.

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