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Tatanka Means            

Native American Actor & Stand-Up Comedian

Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor and stand-up comedian from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Omaha, Ihanktonwan Nations and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

His most recent work includes FX’s critically acclaimed series “Reservation Dogs” Directed by Tazbah Chavez, Marvel’s Disney+ show “Echo” directed by Sydney Freeland, and stars in the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese Western crime drama film Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons and Robert De Niro. It is based on the true story of a series of murders of the Osage people that took place in the early 1920s, which in turn led to the creation of the FBI. Means plays John Wren, one of the first Native American FBI agents. Means is currently filming Kevin Costner’s Western epic Horizon.

Aside from acting, Means performs stand-up comedy throughout Indian Country spreading laughter and speaking to Native youth across on reservations about healthy living and sobriety wellness.

He currently resides in New Mexico with his wife and children. Means is the son of Gloria Grant and American Indian activist & actor, Russell Means.

Speech Topics

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.

Youth Empowerment

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

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.


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.
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 ...

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