BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
American Indian Film Festival
BEST MALE ACTOR
Dream Speakers Film Festival
Nevada International Film Festival
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Red Nation Film Festival
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES
Red Nation Film Festival
Saints & Strangers
Best of the City 2013
Albuquerque The Magazine
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
American Indian Business Leaders
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 season one of the new series The Son on AMC, Saints & Strangers for the National Geographic Channel, A Million Ways to Die in The West with director Seth Macfarlane, and in his role as “Wolf” in Tiger Eyes, based upon the novel by acclaimed author, Judy Blume. Means' performance for this breakout role won him Best Actor awards at multiple film festivals.
Means can be seen starring in the two-hour television movie, Saints & Strangers for the National Geographic Channel and in the upcoming AMC series, The Son with Pierce Brosnan. He can also be seen guest starring in the second season of Banshee on Cinemax, NBC's The Night Shift and in the newly released 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 TNT mini-series, Into the West, guest starring in the Disney ABC series Scoundrels, Lionsgate's The Burrowers, In Plain Sighton USA and the We Shall Remain 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 touring Native comedians performing today. You can also catch him on tour with the hilarious Native American Comedy group, 49 Laughs. Tatanka currently continues to travel 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 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 recently recognized and awarded 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 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 and living a healthy lifestyle.