John Trudell


Age: 69

American Indian activist, poet and actor who spoke for American Indian protesters during the 1969 Alcatraz Island occupation and later headed the American Indian Movement from 1973 to 1979 when he joined protesters who took over Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay to demand that the former federal prison be given to Native Americans under treaty rights, but who was a spokesman and ran a radio broadcast called Radio Free Alcatraz during the 19-month takeover, and who also appeared in the 1992 movie Thunderheart.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: February 15, 1946

Died: December 8, 2015

Santa Clara, California