Published on June 29, 2012 by Amy
Saginaw Grant, a respected member of the Sac & Fox, Iowa & Otoe Missouria Nation was born to Austin & Sarah Grant at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Sauk & Fox Tribe.
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He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma along with two brothers and one sister. Having a traditional upbringing by both parents, Saginaw was especially influenced by his grandparents. His grandfather named (Kirvin) was a strong Medicine Man and his other grandfather named (Saginaw) whom he was named after was also a very spiritual man.
Saginaw was taught their customs, culture and tradition and the importance of the Native people’s way of life. As a result, Saginaw witnessed many special ceremonies and events that were taught to only the very few.
Saginaw explained that while growing up, his family gave him the spiritual guidance that he needed as a child and as a result, he had a great childhood. “I have always embraced my spirituality and traditions,” explains Saginaw and it is this kind of tradition that he has also instilled to his own children and grandchildren. He has become an important role model and mentor for many of the young people who has met him.
A graduate of Bacon Indian College in Oklahoma, Saginaw also served in the United States Marine Corp.
As a young adult Saginaw has experienced all of the situations in life (both good and bad) that every young person faces in today’s society. Yet he was able to overcome the obstacles that had challenged him and along with that he took his courage to become the man he is today.
During his early life in Oklahoma, Saginaw took on a variety of jobs from various types of industries from the dry cleaning business to the Bureau Of Indian Affairs and other vocations. He has always enjoyed interacting with people. This gave him the opportunity to learn about the different philosphies, beliefs and religions of other cultures.
He states, “I have gained a better understanding of other people’s culures and religion as I was able to also learn something good from all of them.”
This taught Saginaw to always keep an open mind which helped him gain respect and a better understanding of people.
Saginaw continues his acting career in television, stage and films. He is also called upon for spiritual counseling, lectures, book signing and to speak at special events.
He has travelled around the world and was also the Delegate to the United Nations Conference On Human Rights sponsored by Germany.
He has worked with other famous celebrities to include: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tantoo Cardinal, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey, Dean Cain, and Lindsay Wagner just to name a few.
His acting career has proven that his goals are endless.
He also participates in many Native Gatherings/Pow Wows throughout southern California as well as throughout the US where he is often requested to be part of their headstaff.
Saginaw is married and resides in southern California with his wife. He was two grown children; a son and daughter as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He enjoys the outdoors, watching his favorites sports on television and attending the many Indian pow wows in the area.