John Trudell (b. Feb. 15, 1946 – d. Dec. 8, 2015) was a Native activist and poet that made history in 1969 when he and a group of Native American activists occupied Alcatraz Island for over a year. This action led to the American Indian Movement (AIM) and other prominent Native American rights initiatives.
Trudell was also an extensive writer, recording artist, actor, and the creator of the Hempstead Project Heart. He has written three poetry chapbooks and has recorded numerous albums of his poetry set to traditional Native music.
“Our responsibility is to use our intelligence as clearly and coherently as we possibly can.” ~John Trudell
You can find a number of works by or about Trudell here at Hannon Library, including his most recent book Lines From a Mined Mind: The Words of John Trudell. Visit the library today and learn more about this intrepid man.