Littlefeather represented Marlon Brando at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973, where he declined the Best Actor award won by Brando for his performance in The Godfather.
The favorite to win, Brando boycotted the ceremony to protest Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans and to draw attention to the standoff on a wounded knee. During his speech, audience reaction to the boycott of Brando was divided between boos and applause.
Marie Louise Cruz was born in 1946 to a white mother and father of Apache, Yankee, and Pueblo descent. After high school, he took the name Sachin Littlefeather to reflect his Native American heritage.