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John Trudell Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died in Santa Clara, California, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

John Trudell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican Indian mother. After a stint in the Navy (and Vietnam) from 1963 to 1969, he became involved with the American Indian Movement, becoming National Chairman in 1973. He held that position until 1979; it was then that his wife Tina, mother-in-law, and three children ages one, three, & five, were burned to death in a "fire of suspicious origin" on their Nevada reservation which was nonetheless never investigated. Beginning in the early 1980's, Trudell began to channel his anger and emotion through poetry, music, and acting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amy Ernano

Spouse (2)

Tina Manning (1972 - 12 February 1979) ( her death) ( 3 children)
Fenicia Ordonez (1968 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (5)

He was the National Chairman of the American Indian Movement from 1973 to 1979; he resigned the position after the deaths of his wife, Tina Manning Trudell, their three children, and Tina's mother Leah Manning, in a suspicious fire on their reservation in Nevada. However, he remained the Movement's national spokesman for many years afterward.
His father was a Santee Dakota (Sioux) American Indian, and his mother was of Mexican Indian descent.
He had been in a relationship with actress Marcheline Bertrand for several years at the time of her death in 2007; Bertrand was an executive producer of the 2005 documentary about his life, Trudell (2005) .
Children, with Tina: Ricarda Star (March 8, 1973 - February 12, 1979), Sunshine Karma (December 16, 1975 - February 12, 1979), Eli Changing Sun (November 21, 1977 - February 12, 1979). Tina was also pregnant at the time of her death, with a boy who was to be named Josiah Hawk. Josiah's name is included beneath Tina's on her tombstone.
He was a close friend of Kris Kristofferson, who wrote the 1995 song "Johnny Lobo" about Trudell.

Personal Quotes (8)

Don't trust anyone who isn't angry.
Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm.
But I think we really need to put serious thought into understanding that we are dealing with a disease. You know, it's like here's this predatory energy on this planet and this predatory energy feeds upon the essence of the spirit, feeds upon the essence of the human being--the spirit. Now, this predatory energy can take fossil fuel and other resources out of the earth, turn it into fuel to run a machine system. But in order for there to be a need for that system and in order for that system to work, they have to mine our minds to get at the essence of our spirit.
This new God, and all God's children, God didn't have a lot then but they were very mean so their numbers expanded through terror, but God's children was their job and the objective was to subdue the earth for this God. So in order to achieve that objective, they had to create sexism. See, sexism has got to do with how we live with the earth and racism because now the earth was property, you know, and all spiritual value was away. It was away from the earth. Real spiritual value was now a religious perceptional thing and so it wasn't all- encompassing. It wasn't just a part of the reality anymore.
The great lie is that it is "civilization". It's not civilized. It has been, literally, the most bloodthirsty, brutalizing system ever imposed upon this planet. That is not civilization. That's the great lie, is that it represents "civilization". . .or if it does represent "civilization" and it's truly what civilization is, then the great lie is that civilization is good for us.
So, when Columbus got off the boat and he said to the first people he saw "Who are you?" , the first people he saw said "We're human beings." and Columbus said "Oh, Indians.". And right now, when I'm talking Columbus, Columbus is every descendant of the tribe of Europe that came. We're not talking one person here. We're talking a mindset. This is a mentality that came. The Columbus mentality, we name it right? But in about discovering this is, it's almost like this. . .when the virus got here and this is how long it's been here but because we've never had this disease before that we have no natural, we can't, we don't have an immunity to it but if we can survive the ravages of this disease, we will evolve an immunity to it because we are part of the earth and that's what happens. Anyway, when Columbus got here, and he didn't know what it meant to be a human being. See, that perceptional reality of being a human being and what it really meant had been erased from the descendants of the tribes of Europe by the time they got here.
If we respect our Creator, then we should use our intelligence as intelligently as we can, as often as we can and that means with clarity and coherency. That means to activate and respect our intelligence and activate the thinking process so that it is going the way we want it to be because that is why it was given to us. Our intelligence, as the human being part of all this reality is going on, we were given intelligence. This is what was there to help us through the evolutionary reality, to ride the balance, so to speak, of the evolution.
But the trouble came, see, when we decided that the creator entity had a human form, see, because then that rationalized and justified mistreating the rest of the natural world. Alright, I mean sexism and racism came out of the perceptional change because once the earth, you know, under the new God thing, see, the earth was no longer the mother. The earth was the property.

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