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National Native American Heritage Month

Sherman Alexie

Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-American author and filmmaker.  His writing is heavily influenced by his experiences as an Indingenous American.  He grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  Some of his most notable work includes The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, and Reservation Blues.

Martin Sensmeier

Martin Sensmeier, a man with long black hair and a red shirt.Martin Sensmeier is an American actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his tribes. He is also an ambassador for The Native Wellness Institute, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and advocates for wellness among Native people of all Nations- focusing largely on youth.

Sacheen Littlefeather

Sacheem Littlefeather in 1973, wearing Apache regaliaMarie Louise Cruz, better known as Sacheem Littlefeather, is an Apache Actress and Native American Activist.  She is best known for declining Marlon Brando’s award for best actor at 45th Academy Awards.  She had acted in a few films before, and claims to have been blacklisted for her participation and have received threats. 

In 1979, she became co-founder to the National American Indian Performing Arts Registry.  She has worked in conjunction with PBS as an advisor for ‘Dance In America: Song for Dead Warriors’ (1984), ‘Remember Me Forever’ and ‘The Americas Before Columbus’ (both 1992) and provided testimony for the documentary ‘Reel Injun’, which focuses on Native Americans on film.   She has also produced films on Native American health.

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