Sachin Littlefeather, the Apache activist and actress who refused to accept the best actor award in favor of Marlon Brando at the 1973 Oscars.

a performance that underscored her criticism of Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans, died Sunday at her home in Marin County, California. He was 75.

His death was announced in a statement by his family and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Reason not specified.

Her death comes weeks after the Academy apologized to Miss Littlefeather for her treatment during the Oscars. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in August.

When Ms. Littlefeather, then 26, held out his right hand that night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles — signaling to awards presenters.

"I beg at this time that I did not intrude this evening, and we will meet in the future, our hearts and our understanding, love and kindness,"

Her appearance at the 45th Academy Awards was the first time a Native American woman took the stage at the ceremony, in a flashy buckskin dress.

Actor John Wayne was so restless that one of the show's producers, Marty Pacetta, said security guards had to restrain him from storming the stage.

She was born Marie Cruz on November 14, 1946 in Salinas, California. His father was from the White Mountain Apache and Yaqui tribes of Arizona.

Ms. Littlefeather's website said she took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island, which began in 1969 in an act of defiance against a government.