OSCAR MOMENTS. (1973): Marlon Brando won best actor for his iconic portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather. But he refused to accept the award, and instead sent a woman who said she was an Apache named Sacheen Littlefeather to speak on his behalf. Brando was protesting what he believed to be stereotypical treatment of Native Americans in the film industry. Littlefeather's speech drew a mixture of applause and boos, as well as questions about whether she was truly a Native American…
Sacheen Littlefeather is a Native American activist who donned Apache dress and presented a speech on behalf of actor Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards ceremony, in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry
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Sacheen Littlefeather speaking for Marlon Brando, during the Siege at Wounded Knee, He refused to be present to accept the Oscar for "The Godfather" in order to draw attention to the crisis at Pine Ridge Reservation.