Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – John Trudell, former national chair of the American Indian Movement, will visit Northern Michigan University as part of the campusÂ’ “Journey to Equality” celebration in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Trudell will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Trudell participated in the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island by Indians of All Tribes and became the organizationÂ’s spokesperson. After the occupation, he worked with the American Indian Movement and served as chair from 1973-79, a time of great turbulence and intensity for Native Americans. The events culminated in the siege of Pine Ridge, the Occupation of Wounded Knee, the Jumping Bull Incident in which 2 FBI agents and a Native American were killed, and the years of trials and continuous attacks following these events.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In February 1979, Trudell burned a flag at a demonstration in Washington, D.C. in front of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building, giving “injustice and racism and classism” as his reasons. Less than 24 hours later, his wife, her mother, and their three children died in a fire of “suspicious origin” on the Shosone Paiute reservation in Nevada.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Trudell is known worldwide as a political activist, poet, songwriter and actor. His musical releases include “A.K.A. Grafitti Man” and “Bone Days.” He acted in the documentary “Incident at Oglala” produced by Robert Redford and has been in several other movies including “Thunderheart,” “On Deadly Ground,” and “Smoke Signals.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  To cost to attend the presentation is $2 for non-students and free for NMU students. For more information call the Native American Student Association ay 906-227-1554.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman