(1/8 Cherokee, 1/8 Oneida). The Native look wore off as he grew up and he does "ordinary" parts. He says: "According to what little research Grama Jo was able to do, I look like just about 1/2 of the Cherokee's on the Res during the mid to late 1800's, with all the Caucasian's that married into the Nation before Jackson got his revenge on us."
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Ray Sergeant aka Steven Green
(Muscogee/Cherokee) Filmography: Body Snatchers (with Billy Wirth) Blue Sky, In The Heat of the Night (TV), Long Walk Home and XXX's and OOO's. Filmography .
Over 40. Appeared in: Northern Exposure as Renaldo Pinetree, PI in episodes Eye of The Beholder and Blood Ties. Also as Capt. Dunn in the movie Navy SEALS (1990). Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org (not the actor himself)
Seivert helped to co-found the Intl. Brotherhood Days Powwow, was very active in raising the standard of livingh on the Rez for the people, and was made an honorary chief shortly before he died in part because of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Oglala Lakol Oyate. He was a diabetic and passed away shortly after having suffered a heart attack while visiting Iowa on behalf of the Brotherhood Community Refief Org. It is now a tradition to have an empty chair sitting out for him at the powwow that he helped to start.
Seivert also helped to teach Rodney Grant and Kevin Costner our language for Dances with wolves. He taught them the Buffalo Dance (Wacipelo Pte) which is a dying art on the Rez. Not too many people left who still remember that one. He was also one of a very few who remembered how to do the Ghost Dance. He is descended from survivors of Wounded Knee (the first version), and has a distant kinship to people like Crazy Horse and Gall, etc.
He had a similar role in Thunderheart, and helped to smooth the way for Ted Turner to film on the Rez, and rounding up extras, etc. His wife Myrna and several sons are still on the Rez.
He did not think of himself as an actor, rather as a teacher and diplomat if you will, to create a bridge between the mainstream and Rez culture.
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