Made final film appearance in "Dark Blood"
"Trudell," a documentary about his life, was released to great acclaim
Appeared in "Sawtooth"
Made film debut in "Powwow Highway"
Trudell served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967, and was one of the earliest U.S. military men to be sent to Vietnam.
Trudell was best known for serving as the official spokesperson of the Indians' of All Tribes 1969 takeover of Alcatraz.
Trudell suffered a major tragedy when his pregnant wife and three children were killed in a suspicious house fire; he later suspected arson as the motive.
In the early 1980s, Trudell turned his focus into writing and music. Over the next several years he played on several albums, in addition to publishing a collection of poems in 2008.