BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Multicultural Motion Picture Association honored Native American actor, producer and long-time activist Sonny Skyhawk at its annual MMPA Oscar Week Scholarship luncheon Feb. 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Skyhawk was recognized for his many years on the front lines of Native American actors rights and his tireless efforts to forge the goals of inclusion and mentorship with regard to up-and-coming Native actors.
For the past 35 years, Skyhawk has enjoyed a great career in the film and television industries, and has worked tirelessly to improve the image of the American Indian, starting out as an extra in movies, he went on to study advanced acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and has appeared in more than 58 films and in countless television programs.
Skyhawk is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and currently serves as the chairman of the President’s Task Force for American Indians at the Screen Actors Guild.
As the founder and chairman emeritus of American Indians in Film and Television and the American Indian Academy of Performance Arts, he has successfully negotiated with the four major networks: ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, for increased recognition, employment and career internships for American Indians.