Rights to famous 1971 Earth Day ‘Crying Indian’ ad given to Native American group, ad to be retired

Posted on AllSides March 2nd, 2023
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Environmental nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has transferred the rights of its famous “Crying Indian” anti-littering public service announcement to the National Congress of American Indians.

The ad, first aired on Earth Day in 1971, featured actor Iron Eyes Cody in a buckskin outfit, wearing a feather in his hair, paddling a canoe in trash-strewn water. At the end of the ad, after someone has just littered on the roadway he is walking on, Cody sheds a single tear.

On Thursday, Keep America Beautiful justified its transfer of the rights to...

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