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John Trudell February 15, — December 8, was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. During most of the s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movementbased in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in NevadaTrudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. He acted in films in the s. The documentary Trudell was made about him and his life as an activist and artist. He grew up in small towns near the Santee Sioux Reservation in northern Nebraska near the southeast corner of South Dakota.
He was educated Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me local schools and also in Santee Dakota culture. In when 17 years old, Trudell dropped out of high school and left the Midwest by joining the US Navy.
He served during the early years Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me the Vietnam War and stayed in the Navy until Afterward, he Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me San Bernardino Valley Collegea two-year community college in San BernardinoCaliforniastudying radio and broadcasting. He decided to work through political activism. After leaving the military, Trudell had become involved in Indian activism.
This was a mostly student-member group that had developed in San Francisco. Trudell went to Alcatraz a week after the occupation started. He used his background in broadcasting and ran a radio station from the island through a cooperative arrangement with students at the University of California, Berkeleybroadcasting at night over the Berkeley FM station. The show Dropouts - Dropped Out EP called Radio Free Alcatraz.
He discussed the cause of the occupation and American Indian issues, and played traditional Native American music. He criticized how "the system today is only geared toward white needs. He Summa - DJ Cuts, DJ Bottom Fly*, DJ G-Honky, DJ Mu-R - Flat 4 Vol.
1 a spokesperson for the occupation specifically and for the Alcatraz- Red Power Movement generally, as the author Vine Deloria, Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me. Trudell was the spokesman for the nearly two-year-long occupation, until After the failure of the federal government to meet demands of the protesters at Alcatraz, Trudell joined the American Indian Movement. It had been established in in Minneapolis among urban American Indians, first to deal with alleged police harassment and injustice in the law enforcement system.
Trudell acted as its national chairman from until In Trudell was arrested on charges of assault, felonious assault and assault with a deadly weapon. He tried to pay using food stampsbut the trading post did not accept them.
The police report said that he fired a shot inside the store. On February 12,Trudell's wife Tina Manning and their three children, and his mother-in-law Leah Hicks-Manning died in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada. His father-in-law Arthur Manning survived. Leah coordinated social services at the reservation. Tina had been working for tribal water rights at the Wildhorse Reservoir. Opponents of her campaign included officials of the local BIA, Elko County and Nevada state officials, members of the water recreation industry, and local white ranchers.
Trudell believed that the fire was arson, but the BIA police investigation claimed that it was accidental. In numerous interviews, he expressed distrust for the federal Kate Bush - Symphony In Blue and specifically the FBI.
Trudell identified Graham from photographs. Looking Cloud was convicted in and sentenced to life imprisonment. His testimony was part of the evidence considered by the Canadian judge who ordered Graham's extradition to the United States in February He documented why Trudell's testimony should be considered substantive and that activists were getting on the wrong side of the issue by attacking him.
Hempstead Project Heart is dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of legalizing industrial hemp in America. Trudell was also involved with Seva Foundation and their Native American programs. He Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me at numerous benefit concerts in support of their work.
InTrudell married his first wife, Fenicia "Lou" Ordonez, divorcing in In FebruaryTina who was pregnantStained - Various - Traces Of Death III Dead And Buried children and her mother Leah Hicks-Manning were all killed in a fire at her parents' house on the Duck Valley Reservation.
Her father Arthur survived. Trudell was out of town. Trudell was in a relationship with Marcheline Bertrandthe mother of actress Angelina Jolieat the time of her death from cancer in In early Decemberit was announced that Trudell was in the last stages of terminal cancer. Celebrate Love. Celebrate Life. InJohn Trudell met musical artist and activist Jackson Browne and became more interested in the musical world and recording albums and performing his own compositions in live venues.
Trudell recorded an album A. A Grafitti Man "graffiti" was misspelled in the title with Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis that was originally available on cassette tape format only. In Trudell remade and re-released A. A Grafitti Man as an audio CD to substantial critical and popular acclaim.
Other musical releases many with his band Bad Dog include A. Popular Music critic Neal Ullestad said of Trudell's live performances, "This isn't simply pop rock with Indian drums and chants added.
It's integrated rock and roll by an American Indian with a multicultural band directed to anyone who will listen. The closing sequence of Alanis Obomsawin 's documentary film Trick or Treaty? About six months after the deaths of his family, John Trudell started writing poetry.
He described his work, "They're called poems, but in reality they're lines given to me to hang on to. In the s he often shared recent poetic musings and written works-in-progress via social media, such as his Facebook page. Various impromptu videos of Trudell in live concert appearances or addressing political, social, indigenous rights and educational groups are posted on Google's Youtube. Trudell often used his poetry as lyrics for recordings, and began in to set them to traditional American Indian music, which also in the s eventually led to the recording of A.
A Graffiti Manas he struggled to make sense of bewildering situations that confronted him, including the loss of so many loved ones. They billed Trudell's part of the show as "Native American activist performance. This exposure brought Trudell new and larger audiences. He was billed as John Trudell, performing his traditional songs and reading his poetry. A kind of companion piece to the fictional ThunderheartLets Have A Good Time - Tony!
Toni! Toné! - The Revival documentary explores facts related to the shooting of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservationfor which Leonard Peltier was convicted in In ThunderheartTrudell played a character who resembles Peltier. Trudell played a character named Coyote in Baraka (TV-version) - Johan Vanden Eede - De TV1 Tunes story about A Spider and Coyote.
The filmmaker Heather Rae spent more than a decade making a documentary about Ne Me Laisse Pas LAimer - Brigitte Bardot - Best Of BB, which was released in Her intent in Trudell was to demonstrate how his political and Something About You - John Trudell - Johnny Damas And Me activities were tied to contemporary history and inspired people.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U. The movie has received a mixed response among film critics and viewers.
Some claimed it to be thought-provoking and touching, while others suggested Rae made a one-dimensional biopic. John Trudell has appeared on the following albums: . His music draws from a blend of styles, including rock, blues and native beats, pop and political protest songs. He also draws from his own poetry. His music can be both insightful and funny. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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