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Tatanka Means

Native American Actor / Son of Russell Means
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Biography

Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and equality advocate from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations. Means recently starred in the highly acclaimed television movie, Saints & Strangers by the National Geographic Channel. He can also be seen in A Million Ways to Die in The West with director Seth Macfarlane, and in his role as “Wolf” in, Tiger Eyes, based upon the acclaimed novel by author, Judy Blume. His performance for this breakout role was well received including positive reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine. Means won Best Actor awards at multiple film festivals for this role.

Means can also be seen in the second season of Banshee on Cinemax, NBC's The Night Shift and in the new series, Graves with Nick Nolte on the EPIX Channel. Other highlights in film and television include appearing as Lakota Chief Crazy Horse in Steven Spielberg's Emmy winning mini-series on TNT, Into the West, and guest starring the Disney ABC series Scoundrels, Lionsgate's The Burrowers, In Plain Sight on USA and the We Shall Remain series on PBS by director, Chris Eyre.

A nationally touring comedian Tatanka performs his stand-up comedy throughout the U.S. and Canada. He also a founding member of the hilarious Native American Comedy group, 49 Laughs Comedy. He currently continues to tour Indian Country spreading laughter and messages of motivation to all ages entertaining audiences everywhere from casino's and schools, conferences and colleges to prisons and rehab centers. Means was recently recognized and awarded for his comedy by being voted "Best Comedian" by Albuquerque The Magazine in their annual Best of the City issue.

Means has also developed and launched his own screen printing company, Tatanka Clothing. Apparel designed and created to uplift and inspire cultural empowerment.

A dedicated entertainer and entrepreneur Means was recognized and awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the American Indian Business Leaders.

The son of Russell Means, the influential member of the American Indian Movement in the 60s and 70s, Means follows in his father's footsteps as an advocate for equality and advancement for Native Americans.

Tatanka’s ambition and perseverance has taken him from his home on the reservation to traveling across North America. He has become a much-needed role model for all American Indian youth. Tatanka is proud to be an alcohol & drug-free sober performer.

Topics

Native Americans: Past, Present, and Future

From our creation as a people to fighting for our lives, we exist in a pop culture with the last of our elders. Means explores a reality of living in two worlds while preserving life and culture.

Youth Empowerment

Believing in yourself, you are enough and nothing is impossible.

American Indians and Hollywood in the 21st Century

Means looks at Indians in film in the 21st Century and their role in Hollywood, then discusses stereotypes of the modern Indian.

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