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TATANKA MEANS
Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations. His most recent movie credits include feature films The Host, 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 best-selling author, Judy Blume. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine called Means the “Game Changer.” His performance for this breakout role was well received and won Means Best Actor awards at multiple film festivals.

Means can also be seen in 2014 guest starring in the new second season of Banshee on Cinemax, NBC's The Night Shift and ABC's drama, Killer Women by executive producer Sofia Vegara. Other highlights in film and television include appearing as Lakota Chief Crazy Horse in Steven Spielberg's TNT mini-series, Into the West, guest starring in the Disney ABC series Scoundrels with Virginia Madsen, Lionsgate's The Burrowers, In Plain Sight on USA and the We Shall Remain series on PBS by director, Chris Eyre.

Aside from acting Tatanka performs stand-up comedy internationally throughout the U.S. and Canada. Tatanka is one of the youngest native comedians performing today. You can also catch him touring with 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 with his engagingly clean comedy entertaining audiences everywhere from casinos and schools, conferences and colleges to prisons and rehab centers.  

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 recently recognized and awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL).

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 First Nations youth. Tatanka is proud to be an alcohol & drug-free sober performer.



Quick Bio

Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations. His most recent movie credits include feature films The Host, A Million Ways to Die in The West and Tiger Eyes based on the adaptation by author, Judy Blume. Means can also be seen this year guest starring in the new second season of Banshee on Cinemax, NBC's The Night Shift and ABC's new drama, Killer Women by executive producer Sofia Vegara.  

Aside from acting Tatanka has been performing comedy internationally throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can also catch him touring with the hilarious Native American Comedy group, 49 Laughs Comedy. Tatanka is spreading laughter and motivation with his comedy entertaining audiences everywhere from casinos and schools, conferences and colleges to prisons and rehab centers.  

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

Tatanka was recently recognized and awarded for his dedicated efforts with the Entrepreneur of The Year Award by the American Indian Business Leaders.  

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

 
 

Awards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
American Indian Film Festival
Tiger Eyes

BEST MALE ACTOR
Dreamspeakers Film Festival
Derby Kings

BEST ACTOR
Nevada International Film Festival
Derby Kings

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Red Nations Film Festival
Tiger Eyes

TAMALEWOOD AWARD

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Tiger Eyes

BEST COMEDIAN
Best of the City 2013
Albuquerque The Magazine

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
American Indian Business Leaders






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