11. Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American accepted Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Award
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Its a well known fact that the famous Godfather actor Marlon Brando refused the Academy Award of 1973 that was given to him for best actor. But do you also know why he refused to accept the award? Brando felt strongly about the ill treatment of the Native Americans and hence in his place, he sent a young Native American woman named Sacheen Littlefeather who announced his refusal right in front of all the audience. The lady dressed in traditional Native American attire came on the stage and delivered Brando’s demurral with a brave front.
12. Mohawks,the Native American tribesmen were employed as laborers on the skyscrapers of New York City
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If you really want to know about some untold facts about Native Americans, here is one that will make you feel strongly for this great community. When New York city was being built with endless skyscrapers, it was the Native American tribe called the Mohawks who were employed conveniently to labor on the buildings. People conveniently attached a belief that Mohawks weren’t afraid of heights like other men and thus were used in large numbers to do the risky jobs. However, these folks never showed their fear unlike their Caucasian counterparts.
13. The Native Americans were the first to grow corn
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The practice of selective breeding was common with Native American tribes, and this resulted in the discovery of corn in Mexico. Originally, the Native Americans cultivated a wild variety of corn named teosinte which with years of agriculture led on to the cultivation of corn. Unlike teosinte, corn was edible and is now widely grown all over America. These indigenous tribes of America grew corn and offered these to the European settlers when they arrived in 1607.
14. The Shadow Wolves is a unit formed entirely of Native Americans
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The ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a law unit of the US government that deals with protecting the borders against drug trafficking and is comprised only of Native Americans who work together as a team. The unit is called Shadow Wolves and is made entirely of Indian origin officers, both men and women. These officers have been protecting the lands from drug smugglers for the last 40 years. The U.S-Mexico border is a drug lord’s haven but these courageous officers have been securing almost 5000 square miles of the desert, making it safe. These officers have a keen sense of tracking drug peddlers and have performed remarkably well for many years.
15. Tarahumara, a Native American tribe has the best of ultra runners
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The Tarahumara is a well known Native American tribe that is famous for its ultra or high speed runners and athletes. These people are naturally gifted runners that can run at unusually high speeds, almost 200 miles without taking a break. The tribesmen are also called Raramuri which literally translates to mean runners on foot. They run on their toes and are fast runners that play all kinds of running games. The Raramuri men and women run at a stretch during long distance running marathons, using wooden balls as well as sticks and hoops. These people wear huaraches, a special shoe worn specially for these runs.
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