Meet Me

Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Oglala Lakotah and Omaha Nations. Means can be seen starring in the television movie, Saints & Strangers for the National Geographic Channel and season one of The Son on AMC with Pierce Brosnan. Other highlights include A Million Ways to Die in The West with Seth Macfarlane, appearing as Crazy Horse in Steven Spielberg's TNT series, Into the West, and in his role as “Wolf” in the movie Tiger Eyes, based upon the novel by acclaimed author, Judy Blume. 

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

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.

Awards 

TATANKA Means

​BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
American Indian Film Festival 
Tiger Eyes

BEST MALE ACTOR 
Dream Speakers Film Festival 
Derby Kings

BEST ACTOR 
Nevada International Film Festival 
Derby Kings 

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES
Red Nation Film Festival
Saints & Strangers

BEST COMEDIAN 
Best of the City 2013
Albuquerque The Magazine 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 
American Indian Business Leaders