The true story of Iron Eyes Cody, America's favorite crying Indian

Every time I watch this "crying Indian" PSA from 1971 I get emotional. It stars Iron Eyes Cody, and Pricenomics tells his story.

Iron Eyes Cody, or "Espera Oscar de Corti," was born in a rural southwestern Louisiana town on April 3, 1904, the second of four children. His parents, Antonio de Corti and Francesca Salpietra had both emigrated from Sicily, Italy just a few years prior.

Even after his history was revealed, Iron Eyes Cody refused to admit the truth behind it. He continued to wear his braided wig, headdress, and moccasins, and was unrelenting in supporting the Native American community.

The True Story of 'The Crying Indian'