BoxObituaries: Actor, Musician, and Indian Activist Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman dies at 71

In Celebrities, Native Americans, obituaries, Sioux Indians on December 15, 2007 by Editor Z

RIP- Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman (1936-2007)

Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, an actor, country musician, and activist, died Thursday at a Los Angeles Hospital. He was 71 years of age.

According to reports he had been battling Leukaemia.

Westerman was born on the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux reservation in South Dakota. In 1970 he made a name for himself as a country singer with the release of his first album “Custer died fort his Sins”. Westerman’s career would continue as he jammed along such prominent musical luminaries as Kris Kristoferson and Sting. But he would also broaden the frontiers of his creative energy, parlaying his musical career into an acting career.

He appeared in spots on a litany of modern day classic TV shows such as Roseanne, LA Law, and Northern Exposure , and on the Chuck Norris hit action show Walker Texas Ranger, just to name a few.

But it is the world of Cinema where Westerman perhaps made his biggest splash in films as the 1991 Oliver Stone look at Musician Jim Morrison “The Doors” and the 1990 Academy Award winning best picture “Dances with Wolves”. he frequently played the role of a Native American in his many roles.

But his passions exceeded merely another figure in the densely populated Forest that is show business. Tirelessly he advocated and heralded the causes of Native American rights, even involving himself in the 1973 seizure of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, which made headlines. He fought against negative portrayals of Native Americans in Sports.

Also he cared about the environment and issues surrounding it, such as bringing attention to the destruction of rain forests.

Artist, brave spirit, voice of justice, and a poet in the art of living life.



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