Michael Greyeyes Apesanahkwat Billy Daydodge Glen Gould Dawn Jamieson Thomas Rhett Kee Chief Irving Powless Mark Reed Jennifer Rice Gordon Tootoosis Dan Ziskie  

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Michael Greyeyes (Cree)—Robert Doctor

Michael Greyeyes is an actor best known for his work in such films as: Skinwalkers, Dance Me Outside, Sunshine State, Smoke Signals, Big Bear, Skipped Parts, Firestorm, Geronimo for TNT, and Stolen Women: Captured Hearts and The Lost Child for CBS. In 1996 Michael starred in the TNT Original Films production of Crazy Horse in the title role for which he garnered much critical acclaim. His other television credits include guest appearances in Millennium, Body & Soul, Walker Texas Ranger, Harsh Realm, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Charmed. Most recently, he appeared in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at Porterhouse Theatre in the role of Chief Bromden, before completing the filming of Dreamkeeper, the ABC mini-series, shot on location in Alberta, Canada. Michael is Plains Cree. His father is from the Muskeg Lake First Nation and his mother is from the Sweetgrass First Nation, both located in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Apesanahkwat (Menominee)—Henry Johnson/Dark Spirit-Being

Apesanahkwat is a veteran actor of screen, television and stage. He’s appeared in such films as Lady in the Box, Stolen Women, Captured Hearts (opposite Michael Greyeyes), My Indian Summer, Sioux City Siringo, Gunsmoke: One Man’s Justice and Baghdad Café. Notable TV appearances include the roles of Raymond Firewalker on Walker Texas Ranger, Lester Haynes on Northern Exposure, and guest roles on Babylon 5, and Good Beahavior. Apesanahwat has served as Chairman of the Menominee Tribe, and has been an active member of the Menominee community for decades.

Billy Daydodge   1929-2007   (Anishinabe)—Jess Richards

William (Billy) Daydodge, actor, artist and veteran, passed on at age 78 in Loma Linda, CA, December 20, 2007. Billy Day Dodge has reffered to himself as "an artist who acts." He was a member of SAG and most well known for his role on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Other film credits include Wagons East, Almost Heroes, Nate and the Colonel and voice overs in The Real West. Billy was also known for his art work, water colors and charcoals with themes of his birthplace Twin Lakes, Minnesota and Ojibwa Tribe. He was a humanitarian in many organizations, putting out a helping hand to all that needed his help, understanding and most of all love. As part of the cast for Amerinda's feature film The Reawakining, writer and director Diane Fraher said this of working with Billy Daydogde, "To know him is to love him. He was just that kind of person."

Glen Gould (Mi’kmaq)—David Hill

Glen Gould is originally from the Unama’ki’k- Cape Breton Island via Toronto and has made Vancouver his home for the last seven years. He began his acting career in 1990 with the national tour of Toronto at Dreamers Rock. He has an extensive theatre background and has acted in both film and television productions. Glen’s feature credits include the forthcoming Yellowknife and Shattered Souls. He’s appeared in numerous TV series, including Dark Angel, North of 60, The Relic Hunter, Lola, First Wave, So Weird, Wakanheja, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Traffic, The Black Sash, Forever Knight, The Chris Isaak Show, and most recently John Doe (Fox).

Dawn Jamieson (Cayuga)—Muriel Good Voice

Dawn Jamieson is a New York-based actor and writer. She’s appeared on Broadway in Inherit The Wind and The Price, and in numerous off-Broadway productions, including Death of a Salesman, Walking the Dead, Brutality of Fact, and Trifles. She also starred in the independent films The Anniversary, The Ladies Room, The List, and The Lectric Eye. Dawn authored a play entitled, Silent Quest, which she recently presented as a workshop in New York City. Dawn is member of the Board of Directors of the American Indian Community House Inc., a non-profit organization providing direct social services to Native Americans residing in New York City.

Thomas Rhett Kee—Sheriff Kevin Walsh

Most of Tom’s time is spent doing regional theater in the Northeast. His credits include: Dracula; Romeo & Juliet, A Few Good Men and Ten by Ten-The Purple Plays. As a stand-up comedian, Tom performs at clubs throughout New York. His television and film credits include: Children of the Struggle with Dick Gregory, Days of Our Lives, School Ties-with Matt Damon, Wind, and Adventures in Pappyland. Tom has been a visiting professor of Acting at Oswego State University and Syracuse University.

Chief Irving Powless, Jr. (Onondaga)—Tom Pine

Chief Irving Powless, Jr. has been the leader of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation for the past 35 years. He has worked and continues to work long and hard for his people. Chief Powless has been successful in raising issues regarding treaty obligations to state and federal officials and was instrumental in having sacred objects and wampum belts in various museums returned to the Onondaga Longhouse. He has helped to raise a consciousness regarding the non-taxable status of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations-Iroquois Confederacy), is active in land claims and in restoring Nation lands to the condition of pre-European contact. His work has been published in several books. The most recent publication is the Treaty of Canandaigua 1794. He has also worked in the medium of television to re-educate the public on various issues and to develop a new awareness of his people. Some of the most memorable are: 500 Nations by Kevin Costner; Keepers of the Wampum by James Ludwig; The Gift of the Creator's Game by Big Soul Productions; Central Issues with both Dan Cummings and Art Levy on PBS; and Our Own Back Yard by PBS. Chief Powless made his acting debut in 1970 in the PBS drama, The Trail of Tears with Jack Palance and Johnny Cash, in which he played a Cherokee father/husband on the long, deadly march to Oklahoma. Many years later, he played an Haudenosaunee chief in the movie, Hidden Medicine, produced by Eagle Thunder Enterprise. In The Reawakening, he aptly plays an Onondaga chief who opposes gambling on the Onondaga Indian Territory. "Irv," as he is affectionately known by the cast and crew put good medicine on everyone with his quick wit and dry humor.

Mark Reed (Mohawk/Apache)—John Hawthorne

Mark has starred in such films as Switch, Tuff & Deadly, 48 Hours, The Manhunt, Love Among Thieves, Three Amigos, and Born in East L.A. He’s also had appearances on Melrose Place and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. As a member of the Working Stage Theater Company on Los Angeles, Mark has appeared in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Fake Cowboy, and The Woolgather.

Jennifer Rice (Tuscarora)—Christine Shenandoah

Based now in New York City, Jennifer Rice is a Tuscarora Native American originally from Niagara Falls. Her extensive background in theatre arts includes an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, membership in SAG and Actors' Equity along with various film and TV credits. She has a long-standing relationship with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, American Indian Community House and various Native American artists working in and around NYC, and of course Amerinda! She continues to be an active member of the NYC Native American artistic community and is proud to be a board member of the Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative.

Gordon Tootoosis (Cree) (1942-2011)—Wesley Good Voice

Gordon made his film debut in 1972 in Alien Thunder with Donald Sutherland. Since then he has acted in over 50 films, television and on stage. A premiere Native actor, Gordon is best known for his roles in Black Robe, Legends of the Fall, Lone Star, The X-Files, Northern Exposure, Lonesome Dove and North of 60. His most recent work was in ABC’s mini-series, Dreamkeepers. He twice received a Gemini nomination for; Best Guest Performance in a series-1995; and Best Performance by an actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series-1998 for his work on the acclaimed series, North of 60. In addition to distinguishing himself by his powerful presence and compelling voice as an actor, he is also a rodeo star-a champion calf roper and team roper. Gordon is a descendant of the great Plains Cree leader Poundmaker and served as a Band Chief as well as vice-president of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

Dan Ziskie—Paul Whitney

Veteran actor Dan Ziskie’s credits are almost too numerous to list. Some of the his more well-known roles for film include O.C. and Stiggs, Zebrahead, G.I. Jane, The Jackal, Thirteen Days, Bad Company. His television work includes Newhart, L.A. Law, Law and Order, The Practice, Third Watch, E. R., Sex and the City, and Ed. A master of stage techniques as well, Dan had graced the Broadway stage where he appeared in I’m Not Rappaport and Mornings At Seven. American Indian Artists was honored to have such a distinguished actor join the cast.



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