Oscar-winning musician Buffy Sainte-Marie responds to accusations she is not indigenous native

October 29, 2023

"Indigenous" Oscar-winning Canadian musician Buffy Sainte-Marie has been exposed as being a white woman born in Massachusetts in a piece produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

Sainte-Marie is quite famous in Canada and was the first "indigenous" person to win an Academy Award.

She won the award for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

She has been making music since the 60s, and her songs have been covered by Elvis, Barbra Streisand, and Glen Campbell.

The CBC found that she was actually born to white parents, not Cree ones as she had always claimed.

Sainte-Marie responded by asserting that her dead brother sexually abused her and saying she was grateful to the Piapot family that adopted her as a young adult. "I may not know where I was born, but I know who I am," she concluded.

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