Published on January 24, 2011 by Amy
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Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman
17 August 1936, Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, Roberts County, South Dakota, USA
13 December 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA (complications from leukemia)
A renowned American Indian activist-singer-songwriter.
(IMDb Mini Biography By: Floyd Red Crow Westerman )
Rosie (? – 13 December 2007) (his death) 5 children
A Dakota Sioux Indian, he is an actor, singer, songwriter and Native American advocate. He made his big-screen debut in Renegades (1989) and is best remembered for his role as elder/leader Ten Bear in Dances with Wolves (1990). His songs like “Custer Died For Your Sins” and “BIA Blues” have helped spread the American Indian Movement’s message throughout the world. He has had featured roles in “Northern Exposure” (1990), “L.A. Law” (1986), and many other television series and movies. He performs with countless musicians including Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley in large benefit concerts for Indian self-determination, human rights and environmental protection. He toured the world with Sting to publicize the plight of the Rainforest People who are dying along with the Rainforests and, as caretakers, must be protected if the rain forests are to go on providing for all life on Earth. He has been an ambassador of good will representing the International Indian Treaty Council from the time of its inception.
He graduated from a reservation high school, served in the Marines for two years, and earned a degree in secondary education from Northern State College in South Dakota.
He was born on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. As a child, he left the reservation to attend a government boarding school, where his hair was cut and he was not allowed to speak his language.
(January 2005) Spokesperson for Lakota pain reliever.