ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
National Indian Gaming Association
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
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 Navajo, Oglala Lakota and Omaha Nations. His most recent movie credits include THE SON on AMC, the upcoming film ONCE UPON a RIVER based on the New York Times best seller, and THE CHICKASAW RANCHER produced by the Chickasaw Nation.
Means 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. He can also be seen in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, season two of BANSHEE on Cinemax, THE NIGHT SHIFT on NBC, and GRAVES 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 recognized and 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.
This year the National Indian Gaming Association awarded Tatanka by naming him the 2018 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 and living a healthy lifestyle.
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. Tatanka travels throughout Indian Country spreading laughter and sharing messages of motivation to all ages. He was recently named 2018 "Entertainer of the Year" by the National Indian Gaming Association. Tatanka’s ambition and perseverance has taken him from his home on the reservation to traveling across North America. Tatanka is proud to be an alcohol & drug-free sober performer.