In Hondo as the Cavalry rides up to drive the Apache off to a reservation he sadly says "it is the end of a good way of life".
I think maybe this perception of anti-Indian comes because he, being a strong right wing conservative I seldom agreed with, took a hardline when the Native American activitists took over Alcatraz.
He was very publically livid about what he perceived as disrespect for public property and the rule of law. He felt much the same way about anyone who disagreed with the VietNam war etc.
I loved him in his movies and I loved that he was at least passionate about issues and life all though we were om very opposite sides of most issues..
I would like to think he is still riding the range on a good Buckskin ghost horse carrying his Henry Rifle or haunting his beloved yacht, The Wild Goose, chasing sailfish off Catalina Island. It was a retired converted mine sweeper and he made a big deal out of raising or lowering the flag whenever he was on board. The two pictures are of his boat and of the Duke taking a launch from the Goose to his movie set. They were filming on the coast and he actually stayed on the boat during filming. He also had stomach cancer and was undergoing treatment at the time. That is why he has a liquid meal in his hand. He never missed a day of filming. I think the movie was the Son's of Katie Elder if I remember correctly.
His views were different from mine but he was not disingenuous and made several attempts to join the service but was flunked for knee and joint problems each time.
Well Pilgrim.... wherever you are I hope you are healthy and happy with warm women and cold drinks! Cross dresser??? This is one lesbian that doesn't buy it for a second!