Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
June 3, 2000-Issue 11

Indian Celebrity of the Year
Floyd Red Crow Westerman
by Vicki from various sources

On Tuesday August 8, 2000, the 69th annual America Indian Exposition will honor an icon of the film and television industry. On that evening, actor, activist, and folk and country singer Floyd Red Crow Westerman will be named Indian Celebrity of the Year! Westerman will sing a concert of his music on Monday, Aug. 7 as part of the expo program.

Born in 1936 on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux Reservation, Westerman's Dakota name, "Kanghi Duta," means "Red Crow." He attended boarding school at the age of ten and graduated from high school on the Flandreau South Dakota Sioux Reservation. He subsequently studied at Northern State College in South Dakota.

Westerman's movie appearances include Renegades, Dances with Wolves, The Doors, Lakota Woman, Buffalo Girls, and Clearcut. He will soon appearing in Richard Attenborough's new film Grey Owl. His television experience includes guest leads in Northern Exposure, The Pretender, L.A. Law, X-Files, Millennium, Roseanne, Dharma and Greg, and a cameo appearance as Sitting Bull in the mini-series Son of the Morning Star. Currently, he appears regularly as Uncle Ray to Chuck Norris's Walker Texas Ranger.

Red Crow is active on the country and folk singing circuit as well, where he started in Colorado and got his first recording contract in New York in 1969. His albums "Custer Died For Your Sins" and "The Land is Your Mother" have brought him personal appearances across Europe, the Americas, and the United States and Canada. His concerts help to support Human Rights for Indigenous People of the World.

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