Sacheen Littlefeather was NOT a Native American, her birth sisters say her father was Mexican

Native American actress and activist Sachin Littlefether, who died earlier this month at the age of 75, was racially abused by her two Hispanic sisters.

The model turned activist became famous in 1973 when she took the stage in place of Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards. The actor, who won Best Actor for his role in The Godfather, allowed Little Feather to speak on his behalf about how Native Americans are treated in Hollywood.

Littlefeather, claiming to be a descendant of the Apache Nation, spoke about the plight of Native Americans in Hollywood. The public booed her and faced a racist backlash for years.

Nearly 50 years after that moment on stage, Sacheen received a letter of apology from the Academy and agreed to appear at an in-person event in mid-September to formally accept the apology.

The only problem with Littlefeather’s life story not previously in dispute was that, according to her brothers, none of it was real.

In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Little Feather’s biological sisters — Rosalind Cruz and Trudy Orlandi — pulled the curtain on their half-century siblings’ cheating.

In March 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather, who pretended to be a Native American, gave a speech in place of Marlon Brando, who had accepted the Best Actor award, about how

In March 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather, who pretended to be a Native American, gave a speech in place of Marlon Brando, who had accepted the Best Actor award, about how her “people” were treated in Hollywood.

Littlefeather turned down the Best Actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, who won for his role in The Godfather.  She carries with her a letter from Brando stating that he declined the award in protest of America's treatment of Native Americans - had he chosen a true Native to represent him

Littlefeather turned down the Best Actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, who won for his role in The Godfather. She carries with her a letter from Brando stating that he declined the award in protest of America’s treatment of Native Americans – had he chosen a true Native to represent him

Littlefeather posed with the letter by Brando.  She claimed to be a member of the White Mountain Apache clan

Littlefeather posed with the letter by Brando. She claimed to be a member of the White Mountain Apache clan

“It’s a lie,” Orlandi told the outlet. “My father was the same. His family came from Mexico. And my father was born in Oxnard.”

Cruz agreed, “It’s a scam.

It is disgusting for the heritage of tribal peoples. And it’s just… an insult to my father.”

Orlandi speculated that around the time Littlefeather entered the entertainment world, she decided it was “more respectable to be Native American than Hispanic” – her true race.

Shortly before her death, Littlefeather also spoke to The Chronicle about her famous Oscar speech:

“I spoke with my heart, not for me, as an Indian woman, but for us and for us, for all Indians…I had to tell the truth. And whether it was accepted or not, it must be spoken on behalf of the natives.”

In fact, Littlefeather was born in Salinas, California under the name Maria Louise Cruz.

Her parents were Manuel Ybarra Cruz and Gertrude Barnitz.

A genealogy review of her father found no evidence that his extended family had any connection with the Native American nations of the United States.

The author of the Chronicle story — Jacqueline Keener, herself a Denny/Dakota Indian — took a good time compiling a list of alleged “pretenders,” a term designed to refer to non-Indians who pretend to do so for personal gain.

Keener writes that Little Feather’s lifelong lie about being a White Mountain Apache Indian began after she was a student in San Jose State in the late 1960s.

Then she started her career as a model.

She is identified as Sacheen Littlefeather in a January 14, 1971 photo in Auckland Trench.

Before her death earlier this month, Littlefeather officially accepted a letter of apology to the Academy Awards, nearly 50 years after her first.

Before her death earlier this month, Littlefeather officially accepted a letter of apology to the Academy Awards, nearly 50 years after her first.

After her death, Sacheen's two biological sisters came forward to tell the lie of her life that she was a Native American woman.  In fact, her family was from Mexico

After her death, Sacheen’s two biological sisters came forward to tell the lie of her life that she was a Native American woman. In fact, her family was from Mexico

Jacqueline Keener, herself of Deni/Dakota Indian descent, made a list compilation of the alleged

Jacqueline Keener, herself a Denis/Dakota Indian, has had the fun compiling a list of alleged “protesters,” a term designed to refer to non-Indians who claim to be doing so for personal gain.

She has claimed on several occasions throughout her life that she was raised by a white mother and a local father in a shack in Salinas without an indoor toilet.

She said her father was an Apache alcoholic and terrorized the family.

Cruz tells a completely different story: “My father was deaf and lost his hearing due to meningitis when he was 9 years old.

“He was born in poverty. His father, George Cruz, was an alcoholic and was violent and would beat him. He was taken to foster families and foster families. But my sister’s things took what happened to him.

Orlandi said her father never drank.

“My dad never smoked. And you know, she hit him too and said my dad was mentally ill. My dad wasn’t mentally ill.”

She added that the family already had a toilet.

Littlefeather has spent most of her life lying about her family and background, as well as speaking on behalf of a people she does not deserve.

In 1972, Hugh Hefner commissioned Littlefeather and nine other local women riding naked in the wilderness.

In the end, Hefner rejected the shots because it wasn’t “exciting enough”.

Littlefeather told a columnist at the time that she originally agreed to do the shoot because “everyone says black is beautiful – we wanted to show that red is beautiful too.”

After her moment at the Oscars a few months later, Sacheen said she was blacklisted by the entertainment industry because of her activism.

The sisters claim that their goal in moving forward after their sister’s death is to regain the truth about their parents, whom they described as good and hardworking people.

She told Orlandi Keener that “Sachin didn’t like her. She didn’t like being Mexican.” So it made sense to Littlefeather that she had spent most of her life “playing with someone else”.

“The best way I can sum it up for my sister is that she made a fantasy. She lived in a fantasy and died in a fantasy.

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