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Tatanka Means            

Native American Actor

Tatanka Means, accomplished actor, comedian and equality advocate, starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Into the West, created by Stephen Spielberg. In it, he played one of history's most influential Native American leaders, "Crazy Horse," a role that earned him high praise among the stellar cast of Native American actors – one of the largest ever assembled. Most recently, Means can be seen opposite Virginia Madsen on the ABC comedy-drama Scoundrels and in the upcoming motion picture Sedona. Means also appeared in Comanche Moon, a three-part miniseries for CBS; The Burrowers, a horror-western film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower, a series special for PBS; and as a guest star on USA Network's In Plain Sight.

A nationally touring comedian, Means performs his stand-up comedy routines at venues all over the country, including casinos, clubs, and universities. He is a founding member of 49 Laughs Comedy, a popular group of American Indian comedians.

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.

Speech 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.


Russell Means' son Tatanka Means cast in Cinemax's 'Banshee ...

Zap2it can exclusively reveal that Tatanka Means, son of deceased actor Russell Means, will follow his father's footsteps and have a role in the second season ...

Tatanka Means: Playing Hobbamock - Saints & Strangers Video ...

Tatanka Means relates deeply to his character, Hobbamock, a warrior of the Wamponoag tribe who is sent by Massasoit to keep an eye on Squanto.

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