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Tatanka Means

Native American Actor, Motivational Guest Speaker, Stand-up Comedian and Son of Russell Means

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…

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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 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. 

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.

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Native Americans: Past, Present, and Future
From our creation as a people to fighting for our lives, we exist in a pop culture with the last of our elders. Means explores a reality of living in two worlds while preserving life and culture.

Youth Empowerment
Believing in yourself, you are enough and nothing is impossible.

American Indians and Hollywood in the 21st Century
Means looks at Indians in film in the 21st Century and their role in Hollywood, then discusses stereotypes of the modern Indian.

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Tatanka Means at Northern Edge Casino "Picadilly"

Awesome comedy from Tatanka Means will put a smile on your face

Tatanka Means: Playing Hobbamock - Saints & Strangers

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