Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Featured, News

Fighting Defeatism, Stereotypes & Standing Up for What is Right by Nicole Donaghy

Fighting Defeatism, Stereotypes & Standing Up for What is Right by Nicole Donaghy

Growing up on the Standing Rock reservation most people (off of the reservation) don’t expect you to get very far in life. Even though the odds rack up against you, growing up on the reservation has given me strength, a sense of pride and humility at the same time. It has never been a hindrance when it came to doing anything in my life, if anything I find appeasement in accomplishment because I represent a strong people. I always knew that my destiny in life is to help my people so I decided that college is the only way to learn to play the game. My goals aren’t set to start a business, even though my degrees are centered on business. But to go to law school, not to be a lawyer per sei but to create change by helping to bring down political and social apartheid’s, restoring tribal sovereignty and to destroy the injustices that plague our people. My aspirations are lofty, Native people have become aware of...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

A Last Real Indians Interview with Tatanka Means

By: Nicole Montclair-Donaghy Lastrealindians.com recently interviewed accomplished actor, standup comedian Tatanka Means (Oglala Lakota / Omaha / Dine`) via telephone to discuss his current movie roles, business ventures, and recent shows with his comedy group, 49 Laughs Comedy. Among his many accomplishments such as playing one of history’s most influential people, Crazy Horse, in the 6 part miniseries “Into the West.” Tatanka related the experience to playing the messiah, and that it was an honor to be given the role. When asked how he landed in acting, he stated that his first role was playing a stunt double in the 2004 film “Black Cloud.” That, ironically, was being shot in the gym in which he trained for the boxing career that eventually led him to more than 6 boxing championship titles. Several of Tatanka’s current roles include indie film mockumentary, “More than Frybread.” The actor plays Buddy Begay, who, with 21 Arizona tribal representatives, convene in Flagstaff, Arizona to compete for the first ever Annual State of Arizona Frybread...

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