John Trudell (I) (1946–2015)

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John Trudell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican Indian mother. After a stint in the Navy (and Vietnam) from 1963 to 1969, he became involved with the American Indian Movement, becoming National Chairman in 1973. He held that position until 1979; it was then that his wife Tina, mother-in-law, and three children ages ... See full bio »

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 2017 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (Documentary) (performer: "Graffiti Man") / (writer: "Graffiti Man")
 2014 Trick or Treaty? (Documentary) (performer: "Crazy Horse") / (writer: "Crazy Horse")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2006) (music - 1 episode, 2006) (performer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Trudell (2006) ... (lyrics: "Voices Catching Up", "Crazy Horse", "Lucky Motel", "Fables", "Living in Reality", "Putting A Face On God", "Undercurrent", "Bone Days", "Listening", "I Went So Willingly", "Tina's Smile", "The Ones Who Knew Me", "Shaman Make A Chant", "Hanging On The Cross", "To God Poetry", "Beauty In A Fade", "Living In Reality") / (music: "Beauty In A Fade", "Living In Reality", "Music From 'Palomino'") / (performer: "To God Poetry", "Beauty In A Fade", "Living In Reality", "Music From 'Palomino'")
 2005 A Thousand Roads (Short) (writer: "Song Of The Trees / Warm Springs", "Crazy Horse")
 2003 Edge of America (TV Movie) (writer: "Edge of America")
 1992 Incident at Oglala (Documentary) (performer: "Out of the Blues", "Rich Man's War") / (writer: "Out of the Blues", "Rich Man's War", "Sunrise")
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Songwriter/vocalist; released albums "AKA Graffiti Man" and "Johnny Damas & Me" See more »

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John Trudell Jr.

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If we respect our Creator, then we should use our intelligence as intelligently as we can, as often as we can and that means with clarity and coherency. That means to activate and respect our intelligence and activate the thinking process so that it is going the way we want it to be because that is why it was given to us. Our intelligence, as the human being part of all this reality is going on, ... See more »


His father was a Santee Dakota (Sioux) American Indian, and his mother was of Mexican Indian descent. See more »

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