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William Haskins
12-09-2015, 10:58 PM

John Trudell, an American Indian poet, actor, spoken word artist and political activist passed away today, December 8, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He entered this dimensional reality on February 15, 1946 and now he has left this dimensional reality....

"I appreciate all of your expressions of concern and I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart. Thank you all for that fire. But please don't worry about me . . .

"I don't want to tell people how to remember me. I want people to remember me as they remember me.

John Trudell and his family ask for people to celebrate love and celebrate life. He asked that people pray and celebrate in their own way in their own communities.

John Trudell Has Died
Trudell, American Indian activist, poet and actor, is dead at 69.

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) John Trudell, who was a spokesman for American Indian protesters during their 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island and later headed the American Indian Movement, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Trudell, who also was a poet and actor, died of cancer at his home in Santa Clara County in Northern California, where he was surrounded by friends and family, said Cree Miller, a trustee for his estate.

In some of his last words, Trudell said expressions of concern and love for him have been "like a fire to my heart," according to Miller.
"Thank you all for that fire," he said.

"John Trudell and his family ask for people to celebrate love and celebrate life. He asked that people pray and celebrate in their own way in their own communities," Miller said in a statement.



She has a young face
An old face
She carries herself well
In all ages
She survives all man has done

In some tribes she is free
In some religions
She is under man
In some societies
She's worth what she consumes

In some nations
She is delicate strength
In some states
She is told she is weak
In some classes
She is property owned

In all instances
She is sister to earth
In all conditions
She is life bringer
In all life she is our necessity

See the woman eyes
Flowers swaying
On scattered hills
Sundancing calling in the bees

See the woman heart
Lavender butterflies
Fronting blue sky
Misty rain falling
On soft wild roses

See the woman beauty
Lightning streaking
Dark summer nights
Forests of pines mating
With new winter snow

See the woman spirit
Daily serving courage
With laughter
Her breath a dream
And a prayer

John Trudell

William Haskins
12-09-2015, 11:00 PM

John Trudell - Mining our Minds For The Machine

12-10-2015, 12:11 AM
oh thank you for posting about him! What a remarkable man! Amazing musician, writer, activist,

this is an interesting documentary on him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooZ8xz9AgpM

and a live version of rockin the rez - one of my favorites - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFQm0LhPLew

And of course, there is the fantastic book by Peter Mathiaasen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, which outlines a lot of ugly US history with Native Americans (if you've seen the movie Thunderheart- J Trudell was in it- it is very loosely based on true events, his wife kids and MIL were all killed, stuff close to the Peltier story, and AIM)

Anyway, that's a real loss. RIP John - hope he's with Tina, finally.