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Noted activist, poet and Native thinker John Trudell walked on December 8 at the age of 69. This image was used on the cover of "Lines from a Mined Mind" published in 2008.

Remembering John Trudell in Pictures

ICTMN Staff
12/10/15

John Trudell, an American Indian poet, actor, spoken word artist, and political activist walked on December 8 at the age of 69.

He passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends. Some of his last words were: “I don’t want to tell people how to remember me. I want people to remember me as they remember me.”

Take a look back at his extraordinary life through these images.

John Trudell is seen here on the steps leading to the prison atop Alcatraz on December 1, 1969. (AP Images)

John Trudell on Alcatraz Island off San Francisco on December 1, 1969. (AP Images)

Native American activist John Trudell is pictured on Alcatraz Island during the Native occupation of the San Francisco island, November 18, 1970. (AP Images)

John Trudell looks over the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island outside a tepee during the Native occupation of the San Francisco island, November 18, 1970. (AP Images)

John Trudell, 25-year-old member of the Alcatraz tribal council, talked to newsmen after Indians occupied a remote former Nike site near Richmond, California on June 14, 1971. The week before government agents moved onto Alcatraz and removed the last 15 Indians occupying the former prison site. They had been on Alcatraz for 19 months. (AP Images/Richard Drew)

John Trudell, national chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) is flanked by singer Buffy St. Marie as he speaks to newsmen in Los Angeles, California on March 7, 1975. Trudell said that the Fairchild Corp., which operated an electronics plant on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, had been illegally getting an excessive amount of federal funds for on-the-job training workers. (AP Images/Wally Fong)

John Trudell starred alongside Val Kilmer in Thunderheart in 1992. (TriStar Pictures)

John Trudell was one of many American Indian Movement members featured in “Incident at Oglala,” which was released in 1992. ((c)Miramax Films/ Courtesy Everett Collection)

“Think more. Believe less. (Believe has the word ‘lie’ in it.)” (Courtesy Trudell Family)

“I appreciate all of your expressions of concern and I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart. Thank you all for that fire. But please don't worry about me…” (Courtesy Trudell Family)

“No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred for those who have no sense.” (Courtesy Trudell Family)

John Trudell is pictured here in May 1992. (AP Images)

John Trudell speaks at the New Music Seminar at the Marriott Marquis in New York on June 18, 1992. Trudell’s Rykodisc album, “AKA Graffiti Man,” co-produced by Jackson Browne, has just been released to critical acclaim. (AP Images)

Poet and Native American activist John Trudell poses against a mural in Santa Monica, California on June 2, 1994. (AP Images)

A documentary on John’s life was released in 2005. Pictured are John Trudell and his family. (©Balcony Releasing/Courtesy Everett Collection)

John Trudell at The Hempstalk Festival in October 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Courtesy Hempstalk Festival)

John Trudell is seen here in a 2013 promotional image. (HempsteadProjectHeart.org)

John Trudell is seen here speaking in August 2014. (Jason Morgan Edwards)

John Trudell is seen here speaking in August 2014. (Jason Morgan Edwards)

This mural of John Trudell was created by Gregg Deal in May 2015. (Courtesy Gregg Deal)

Matika Wilbur captured this image of John Trudell for her Project 562. (Matika Wilbur/facebook.com/Project562)

American Indian poet John Trudell. (Courtesy Tara Trudell)

American Indian poet John Trudell. (Courtesy Diana Cohen)

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