Sacheen Littlefeather

“We were mortified,” said Rosalind Cruz of her sister Marie “pretending” to be Apache and introducing herself as “Sacheen Littlefeather” at the 1973 Oscars.

“The best way that I could think of summing up my sister is that she created a fantasy. … She lived in a fantasy, and she died in a fantasy.”

On Saturday, a bombshell report from the opinion pages of the San Francisco Chronicle whipped up #NativeTwitter into a frenzy. The report, authored by Jacqueline Keeler (Diné/Yankton Dakota Sioux), claimed that venerated White Mountain Apache/Yaqui activist Sacheen Littlefeather had fudged her identity and, according to Littlefeather’s sisters, wasn’t actually Native.…

Three weeks following the death of Sacheen Littlefeather, the activist who famously accepted Marlon Brando’s Oscar for “The Godfather” at the 1973 Academy Awards, a new column alleges that Littlefeather had been posing as a Native American through her life. Published Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle, the piece features…