Tatanka Means is from the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation, Omaha and Navajo Nation.
Tatanka Means is an accomplished actor who recently won Best Supporting Actor from the American Indian Film Festival and Best Actor from the Red Nation Film Festival for his role in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s “Tiger Eyes” as well as Best Male Actor at the 2013 Dreamspeakers Film Festival for his role in Derby Kings. Tatanka Means has also starred in the sweeping six-part TNT mini series created by Steven Spielberg, Into the West. His role as one of the most influential Indian leaders, Crazy Horse, earned him high praise in the stellar cast of Native American actors – one of the largest ever assembled.
Tatanka began acting at seven years old his with his first acting experience on the set of The Last of the Mohicans. In 2003 Tatanka stepped back into film as the lead stuntman for Rick Schroeder’s film Black Cloud. This opportunity inspired him to pursue a career in acting.
Outside of acting, Tatanka has developed his own clothing line called, Tatanka Clothing. His shirt designs are proving to be one of the most popular styles in Indian Country as well as internationally. Article reviews on the clothing line are earning high marks among fashion publications.
Stand-up Comedy is Tatanka’s most recent endeavor. This young comedian is busting guts and smiling laughing faces all over North America! His comedic style of humor is leaving audiences wanting more. Tatanka Means has now been performing stand up comedy all over Indian Country at Casino’s, Conferences, Colleges and Schools. He is also a member of the talented and popular comedy group 49 Laughs Comedy.
Tatanka Means has currently been giving speeches around the country at universities, schools and conferences. He has spoken on a variety of topics, ranging from motivational speeches, suicide awareness, Indian youth empowerment & self esteem to Hollywood stereotypes of American Indians in film.
Tatanka’s ambition and perseverance has taken him from his home on the reservation to traveling across the country. He has become a much-needed role model for all American Indian youth.