Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Oglala Lakota and Omaha Nations. His most recent movie credits include the HBO series I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE with Mark Ruffalo, the feature film ONCE UPON a RIVER based on the New York Times best seller, and the upcomnig NETFLIX mini-series, THE LIBERATOR.


Means can be seen starring in the television movie SAINTS & STRANGERS for the National Geographic Channel, and season one of the AMC series THE SON. He can also be seen in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, FBI'S MOST WANTED on NBC, season two of BANSHEE on Cinemax, THE NIGHT SHIFT on NBC, and GRAVES on Epix with Nick Nolte. Other highlights in film and television include appearing as Crazy Horse in Steven Spielberg's TNT mini-series INTO THE WEST, and in his role as Wolf in 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 American comedians performing today. You can also catch him with the hilarious Native American Comedy group, 49 Laughs. Tatanka travels 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 awarded for his comedy by being voted "Best Comedian" by Albuquerque The Magazine.

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


The National Indian Gaming Association recently awarded Tatanka by naming him the Entertainer of the Year. 


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.


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Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor and stand-up comedian from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Oglala Lakota and Omaha Nations. His most recent credits include starring alongside Mark Ruffalo in HBO’s limited series I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE directed by Derek Cianfrance, ONCE UPON A RIVER based on the New York Times best seller, THE LIBERATOR, an animated World War II drama series based on the book by Alex Kershaw airing on Netflix. Means is currently in Oklahoma filming KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by Martin Scorsese. Means is just finished filming the Coerte Voorhees film CANYON DEL MUERTO with Tom Felton based on a true story. He recently wrapped filming SURROUNDED with Letitia Wright. Tatanka can be seen starring in the television movie SAINTS & STRANGERS for the National Geographic Channel, and in the AMC series THE SON with Pierce Brosnan.
Aside from acting Tatanka performs stand-up comedy throughout the U.S. and Canada. Means is one of the busiest touring Native comedians performing today. He travels Indian Country spreading laughter and messages of motivation to all ages entertaining audiences everywhere from casinos and schools to conferences and universities. The National Indian Gaming Association recently honored Tatanka by naming him the Entertainer of the Year. He currently resides in New Mexico with his wife and children. Means is the son of educator & artist Gloria Grant and iconic American Indian activist & actor, Russell Means.




OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Red Nation Film Festival 
Once Upon a River


​ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

National Indian Gaming Association


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 
Albuquerque The Magazine 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 
American Indian Business Leaders

Awards 

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