John Trudell (Body) (APA)

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, American Indian Movement, Sioux Pages: 2 (456 words) Published: February 26, 2014
John Trudell - artist, poet and champion of indigenous issues - was born February 15, 1946. (Trudell the Movie, 2004) He was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Trudell was born to a Mexican-Indian mother and a Sante Sioux father. Trudell was raised on the Sante Sioux Indian Reservation. He was the father of three children and husband to wife, Tina Trudell. (Ernano) Trudell was once the Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM), now an active member. He also served as the spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. Trudell is a Vietnam veteran.bnhhhgghjjhghghghgh Native Americans across Indian Country refer to Trudell as a legend. John Trudell grew up close to the traditions of his Sioux people. He grew up in a time when the federal government and Native Americans were not in good terms, not at peace. Elders talked of violence and destruction, requesting protection from the “Feds” by young men involved in the American Indian Movement. Trudell’s involvement in the American Indian Movement began around this time. Trudell spoke of Grandpa and Grandma Jumping Bull requesting a group of AIM boys to station close to their home. This happened directly before the incident at Wounded Knee, in which the AIM boys – that were protecting Grandpa and Grandma Jumping Bull – were involved. The Wounded Knee incident involved Federal agents chasing and firing at Jimmy Eagle on a ranch, located within the Oglala Indian Reservation. Eagle was said to have stolen boots. Eagle fled through the ranch, avoiding gunshots. These gunshots were heard by AIM boys located inside a house on the ranch. The AIM boys retaliated. AIM boys, Leonard Peltier, Dino Butler, Bob Robideu and Jimmy Eagle were tried in court at different instances after escaping the encirclement of the FBI. These four were accused of premeditated murder, aiding and abetting, and first degree murder. Two federal agents were killed during the incident, including a Native American by...
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