New York City, 2004
Poet, recording artist, actor and activist, Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He also served as Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell’s wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this horrific tragedy that he began to find his voice as an artist and poet, “to stay connected to this reality.”
With several CDs and books to his credit, John continues to write and travel with his band Bad Dog.
See “Trudell” Directed by Heather Rae (2005)