Green Festival Speakers
Educating and entertaining with straight talk and spoken word, John Trudell (Santee Sioux) is an internationally acclaimed poet, actor, recording artist, philosopher and orator. He was a spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969-1971 and served as Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) from 1973- 1979. In 1982, he began putting his poetry to music and since that time has released 13 albums and toured extensively. He has also acted in major feature films, authored three books of poetry and was the subject of an award-winning 2005 documentary entitled TRUDELL. In 2012, Trudell and Willie Nelson co-founded Hempstead Project Heart (Hemp Energies Alternative Resource Technologies) to raise awareness of the many economic and environmental benefits and uses of industrial hemp. As Co-Director of Hempstead Project Heart, Trudell works to enliven public action toward creating a sustainable green economy based on hemp.