CHEROKEE ACTOR WES STUDI GIVEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

“I accept this award, but I wonder what is in my future by accepting this lifetime achievement award” joked Studi as he spoke about the importance of more American Indians becoming involed in the acting profession.

Wes Studi (Cherokee) was given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Indian Gaming Association at its annual tradeshow and convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

“I accept this award, but I wonder what is in my future by accepting this lifetime achievement award” joked Studi as he spoke about the importance of more American Indians becoming involed in the acting profession.

He also spoke about the importance of strong economic development in Indian Country. Studi said there is no reason why American Indians should not become movie makers as a means for economic development.

In January 2018, Studi discussed his Cherokee heritage on NPR. In March, he Studi became only the second American Indian to speak at the Oscars. Sacheen Littlefeather (White Mountain Apache and Yaqui) was the first in 1974.

Studi’s most recent role is in “Hostiles.”


Now, as time goes on, I hope to find one where I can be in the lead. You know, I think that’s every actor’s dream, actually, to play lead parts. But no, it doesn’t bother me because I’ve realized from the get-go that this is not a story about my character. My character adds to the story, and is an integral part of it all, but it is not about my character.
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