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++++++ TRUDELL (2005) ++++++ John Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island 1969 -1971, and Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) 1973-1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed his wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this tragedy that Trudell began writing "to stay connected to this reality."
" In 1979 that war took a terrible personal toll on John Trudell. On February 11, 1979 he led a march to the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. Approximately 12 hours later a fire "of suspicious origin" burned down Trudell's home on the Shoshone Paiute reservation in Nevada, killing his wife Tina, their three children, and Tina's mother. Devastated by the loss of his family, Trudell withdrew from the world; "writing words" became his way "to keep some sanity" and continue to survive.
A Man of Courage and Grace In 1979, while protesting the US government’s policy on American Indian affairs, John Trudell burned an American flag on the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington DC. Within a matter of hours his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in a suspicious fire on a Nevada reservation. This ended his role in the movement, but his voice would not be silenced. Follow John Trudell on Facebook!