The agony of sacrifice

In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather appeared at the 45th Academy Awards in full Native American dress to reject the Best Actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando. Brando said he boycotted the event to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans. In the decades after the ceremony, Littlefeather continued to work as an actress, model and activist, making films about Native American life, culminating in the Academy issuing a statement of apology at the 2022 event: "An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather."