A wonderful man passed away today. John Trudell died earlier today, of cancer, at his home in California. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1946. After serving in the Navy, he got involved in Native American causes and became an activist, chairing the American Indian Movement from 1973 until 1979 . During a 1979 protest in Washington, D.C., his home in Nevada was burned down, killing his wife, Tina; his three children; and Tina's mother. The fire was never investigated.
John Trudell was also a writer. He wrote many songs; taught about many issues facing mankind, ranging from racism and politics to ecology and our environment; and contributed to many films and documentaries. He was also one of the wisest men to grace this planet. Rest in peace, John.