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McClarnon, Spencer, St. Marie, Tagaq and Killers of the Flower Moon

Roles to admire, projects in the works, must-read page-turners and an ICMN video pick that went viral.

McClarnon Off and Running

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Zahn McClarnon in AMC's The Son

Zahn McClarnon has made a great living as a Native good guy and bad guy, and in theater, on TV and in films. He is the well-known Hunkpapa Lakota actor who portrayed Hanzee Dent in the second season of the TV series Fargo, the tribal police Chief Mathias in Longmire and the shady confidant to Jason Momoa’s character in the Sundance Channel’s The Red Road.
McClarnon has been cast in an upcoming Texas historical drama series The Son, based on a book of the same name by Phillip Meyer. The show will air on AMC and McClarnon will be working alongside a former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan.

Still Leading the Pack

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Chaske Spencer

It’s been almost ten years since the blockbuster Twilight Saga series hit theaters, and Chaske Spencer, who shredded many Twilight fan hearts as leader of the wolf pack, hasn’t shown any sign of slowing his pace. In 2015, he snagged the role of former tribal police officer Billy Raven on the third season of the Cinemax series Banshee. After adding several film credits to his resume—including Desert Cathedral, written and directed by Travis Gutiérrez Senger, and Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale, directed by Tate Steinsiek—Spencer’s latest venture was in Amazon’s hilarious series Sneaky Pete, in which he plays a seedy Native bad guy alongside Giovanni Ribisi.

The Next Big Bestseller?

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Killer book

The title says it all. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murder and the Birth of the F.B.I. (Doubleday), a new book by The New Yorker staff writer David Grann, will be sure to shoot up the bestseller lists this month. It will shed a most-welcome mainstream light on what is known in Osage as The Reign of Terror: a ruthless assault on newly-wealthy Osage landowners who had the (mis)fortune to own land atop huge oil deposits. The suspicious deaths of more than two-dozen people in the 1920s were exposed to be the result of a racist conspiracy to kill Indians on their territory. What Grann presents now are the chilling facts behind the murderous crime wave, which he proves was far more sinister and extensive than known at the time.

Web-Heavy Rotation

When we first heard Buffy St. Marie and Tanya Tagaq were teaming up on a song and video project as part of collaborations sponsored by the Polaris Music Brain Trust (a non-profit org in Canada that honors music by Canadian artists), we knew we had to hear it. When we first saw “You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind),” we knew everyone else would want to hear it, too. The video scooped up thousands of online hits on IndianCountryMediaNetwork.com without hours of posting last month, and it was clear they had a hit on their hands. If you haven’t heard it yet, well, you got to run and listen to it now.
VIDEO: Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind) presented by Stingray Music and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.