John Trudell, American Indian Movement activist, poet and actor, dies in California at 69
LOS ANGELES — 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.