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*(Animated Character) Pow Pow, an Indian boy featured on a series of twenty-six five-minute animated moralistic stories telecast during the morning children's program CAPTAIN KANGAROO. Produced by Tempe-Toons in 1956, the series was syndicated by Screen Gems.

*(Lee Majors/costar) Heath Barkley, the bastard son of rancher Tom Barkley (his mother was an Indian maiden) who traveled to the Barkley 30,000 acre empire near Sacramento to claim his birth right.

**(Gladys "Cochise" Littlefeather) Shirley Kirkes, a Native American girl working as one of the "Blansky's Beauties" showgirls featured at the Oasis Hotel in Las Vegas.

*(Will Sampson) Painted Bear, leader of a group of North American plains Indians living on the frontier in the early 1800s. Additional cast included Linda Redfearn as Painted Bear's wife, Prairie Woman; Rose Portillo as his daughter, Star Fire; Guillermo San Juan as his teenage son, Two Hawks; Dehl Berti as One Feather, the medicine man; and A Martinez and Emilio Delgado as Indian braves Low Wolf and White Bull.

*(Keith Larsen) Brave Eagle, a young Cheyenne Indian chief who lived in the Black Mountain region of Wyoming in the 1860s. The series depicted the struggles of the Indians from their viewpoint. Other cast included Keena Nomkeena as Keena, Brave Eagle's foster son; Kim Winona as Morning Star, Brave Eagle's love interest; and Bert Wheeler as Smokey Joe, a wise, old half-breed. The series was also titled BRAVE EAGLE: CHIEF OF THE CHEYENNE.

TRIVIA NOTE: The real name of the actor who played Brave Eagle's son, Keena is Anthony Earl Numkena, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. According to a email sent to TV ACRES: "The change came about as a result of Mr. Michael North, the executive producer (who) changed the name to Keena to fit the part in the series. He also felt the name Numkena (a Hopi name) looked too oriental and changed it to Nomkena. In the later episodes it was changed to Numkena. The name Keena remained."

*(Michael Ansara) Cochise, leader of the Apache Indians living on the Chiricahua Reservation in the Arizona Territory of the l800s. Cochise helped maintain a tenuous peace between his people and the local "white eyes" with the assistance of U.S. Indian agent, Tom Jeffords. The series was based on the novel Blood Brother by Elliot Arnold. Michael Ansara was a Shakespearean-trained actor of Lebanese descent. In a 1960 interview with TV GUIDE, Ansara stated that Cochise's "acting range was rather limited. Cochise could do one of two things-stand with his arms folded, looking noble; or stand with arms at his sides, looking noble".

*(Miguel Ferrer) Beau Jack Bowman, a former New Orleans police detective now teamed with a group of frazzled Bay City undercover police officers who were on psychological disability. Beau was part Chicasaw Indian and spoke with a French Cajun accent.

**(Dehl Berti) Vittorio, an elderly sage Indian ranch foreman and close friend of Buck James, a Texas physician who thought of Vittorio as a second father. Vittorio's alcoholism was an issue in a few of the scripts.

**(Sandra Ego) Joannie Little Bird, an American Indian female working as police dispatcher for Marshall Sam Cade in Madrid County, California. She was replaced by Betty Ann Sundown (Betty Ann Carr) later in the series. Both were real American Indians.

*(Clint Walker) Cheyenne Brody, frontier scout and adventurer who roamed the far west in the days following the Civil War. He derived his name from the fact he was raised by Chief Red Cloud, a Cheyenne chief. His real father was a white man named Lionel Abbott. The series was based loosely on the movie "Cheyenne" (1947) starring Dennis Morgan.

*(Chief Traynor Ora Halftown) Chief Halftown, a full-blooded Indian who hosted Philadelphia's longest running kiddy show CHIEF HALFTOWN (aired on WFIL and later WPVI) from the 1951 to 1999. Traynor O. Halftown grew up in Buffalo about 25 miles from the Senaca reservation. On camera he always dressed in full Indian costume which included a full feathered chief's hat, buckskin, beads and bangles. Part of the program (once sponsored by "Bosco" Chocolate syrup) featured lessons about tribal customs, folklore, sign language, chants, and crafts. Last seen on Saturday mornings at 7:00 A.M. on Channel 6 WPVI-TV, he ended his program with the his classic Indian farewell sign-off (phonetically) "E-Sah-Sah-Suss-A-way." TRIVIA NOTE: The Senaca tribe was an Iroquoian tribe in Western New York, the most powerful of the Five Nations which included a confederation of Mohawk, Oneida, Onandaga, Cayuga and Senaca-later joined by the Tuscarora.

**(Victoria Racimo) Kewedinok, an Indian woman married to pioneer, Will Chisholm after his wife died on the road to California. Nick Ramus appeared as Tehohane.

**(Tom Nardini) John Henry, an American Navajo Indian who assisted champion rodeo cowboy, Jim Sinclair on a modern ranch located in the heart of the game lands of Kenya, Africa. The series was based on Ivan Tor's movie "Africa-Texas Style" (1967).

*(Rex Bell) Rex Bell hosted this 30 minute children's program featuring educational information on the folklore of cowboy and Indian cultures. Hosted by Rex Bell.

**(Michael Dante) Chief Crazy Horse (died 1877), revered leader of the Oglala Sioux Indians who confronted George Armstrong Custer in this historical drama set in the Black Hills of South Dakota of the 1870s.

*(Ed Ames/costar) Mingo, an Oxford educated Cherokee Indian and close friend of frontiersman Daniel Boone in the days before the Revolutionary War. Ed Ames accidentally created a classic comedy blooper when he appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW in the 1960s. His role of Mingo required that he throw a tomahawk on the series, so he began to give a "how-to" demonstration assisted by talk show host Johnny Carson. Ames' throw however, landed in the groin area of the practice target. To this Johnny Carson remarked "I didn't even know you were Jewish!" During the 1968-69 season, the Mingo character was replaced by a Negro Indian named Gideon played by Don Pedro Colley.

**(Pat Hogan) Red Stick, the bloodthirsty leader of the Creeks Indian Tribe who confronted frontiersman Davy Crockett in Disney's "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter (12/15/54). After Red Stick invited Davy Crockett to plead his case for his captured friends, he challenged Davy to a tomahawk fight. Davy won but refused to kill Red Stick as was the Indian custom when an Indian vanquished a challenger. Seeing Davy was an honorable white man, Red Stick released his prisoners, and signed a peace treaty with the U.S. Government.

**(Larry Sellers) Cloud Dancing, Native American Cheyenne Indian living near the frontier town of Colorado Springs in the 1860s. At the conclusion of the 1994-95 season the U.S. Cavalry massacred Cloud Dancing's village, but he survived because he was not there at the time of the attack. In real-life Sellers is part Lakota, Osage and Cherokee Indian. Also featured was Nick Ramus as Chief Black Kettle.

F TROOP/ABC/1965-67
**(Frank de Kova) Chief Wild Eagle, leader of a peaceful tribe of Hekawi indians who lived on the Kansas Frontier of the 1860's. As he often said "Hekawi's not fighters...invent peace pipe. Hekawi's not mad at Nobody!" Don Diamond appeared as the chief's second-in-command, Crazy Cat who often reminded the chief that he was the heir apparent to the tribe's leadership. Cameo appearances included Edward Everett Horton as the tottering medicine man, Roaring Chicken; Phil Harris as a 147-year-old Flaming Arrow; Don Rickles as the ridiculous Bald Eagle; and Milton Berle as a crooked Indian detective, Wise Owl. The Hekawi Indians did a rather lucrative black market trading business, supplying beads, trinkets, blankets to con-man/hustler, Sgt O'Rourke, a Cavalry officer stationed in the nearby frontier outpost known as "Fort Courage. To complement the Hekawi's apparent cowardice, the series featured a ferocious tribe of neighboring Indians known as the Shugs.

**(Michael Zenon) Joe Two Rivers, a Native American Indian living in the Canadian wilderness who helped the local forest rangers.

**(Will Sampson) Sgt. Cheney, Native-American soldier stationed in Pearl Harbor around the time of the Japanese attack on Hawaii.

*(Brendon Boone/costar) Chief, Native-American Indian, proficient with a switchblade knife, attached to special group of four motley commandos (recruited from stateside prisons) who were assigned to go behind the lines during World War II and kill Nazi Germans. Each of these soldiers were promised a Presidential pardon for their previous indiscretions, but only if they followed orders and accomplished their missions. The series was inspired by the 1967 film "The Dirty Dozen."

*(Cartoon Characters) Set in the West of the 19th century, this cartoon series featured the adventures of two gopher Indians, the double-talking Ruffled Feather (Sandy Becker) and his interpreter Running Board (George S. Irving). Their constant adversary was U.S. Cavalry Colonel Kit Coyote (Kenny Delmar) who in the tradition of the U.S. Cavalry, sought to eradicate the gopher population. However, the superior cunning of these gopher Indians always foiled the Colonel's plans.

*(J. Carrol Naish/costar) Chief Hawkeye, a conniving American Indian and owner of a local trading Post located in New Mexico. The only store for miles, he supplied the dude ranch "Guestward Ho" with life's little necessities at the going rate...his. Hawkeye's avocation was trying to return the country back to its rightful owners...the Indians. Pink Cloud (Jolene Brand) assisted Hawkeye in selling his wares, which included authentic Indian trinkets made in Japan. J. Carrol Naish was an Irish actor who had played a variety of ethnic roles including a Chinese detective on THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN; and an Italian immigrant on LIFE WITH LUIGI.

**(Dehl Berti) John Taylor, Native American Indian who lived in the mining town of Paradise in the 1890s. Educated in the ways of both the Indians and the white man, John Taylor assisted the towns' sheriff (Ethan Allen Cord, a former gunfighter) on many occasions, sharing his skills in medicine and taking care of Ethan's adopted nieces and nephews.

**(Burt Reynolds) Quint Asper, half-breed Indian working as a blacksmith in the 1870s town of Dodge City , Kansas during the 1962-65 seasons.

**(Saginaw Grant) Auggie Velasquez, Native-American Indian who ran the general store near the Flying Tumbleweed Ranch in Sholo, Nevada. Also featured was Talisa Soto as Cassie Valasquez, Auggie's, granddaughter who was the object of desire of Zane Grey Hart, a local rancher's teenage son who worked at Auggie's store.

*(Burt Reynolds) Det. Lt. John Hawk, a full-blooded Iroquois Indian employed by the New York City District Attorney's office. He worked the night shift with his partner, Detective Dan Carter. Burt Reynolds was in reality part Indian. His grandmother was a Cherokee.

**(Rodney A. Grant) Chingachgook, stoic Delaware Indian who befriended a frontier scout named Hawkeye based at Fort Bennington in New York's Hudson River Valley of 1755. Together they battled the hostile tribes of Huron Indians. The series was based on James Fenimore Cooper's "Leatherstocking Tales."

*(Lon Chaney, Jr.) Chingachgook, a Mohican Indian who befriended a Northwest frontier scout known as "Hawkeye" in the days of the 1750s. The series based on the classic novel "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper.

HEY DUDE/NIK/1989-91
**(Joe Torres) Danny Lightfoot, a friendly Hopi Native American who worked with a group of teenagers at the Bar None Ranch in Tuscon, Arizona. Danny was a talented cartoonist who created an unflattering  comic strip called "The Dud Ranch." He helps out when an archaeologist discovers a sacred Indian burial ground at the Bar None Ranch.

**(Tony Acierto) Frank Avila, (a.k.a. "White Eagle"), a full-blooded Native American Shoshone Indian who worked with a mountain rescue service called the "High Mountain Rangers in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe.

**(Michael Horse) Billy Night Eyes, a Blackfoot Indian police informant who owned an all-night newspaper stand in Los Angeles.

**(Michael Pate) Chief Vittoro, Native-American Apache leader living in the Arizona Territory of the 1870s. Vittoro's daughter had married a frontier scout named Hondo, but she was later slain by the U.S. Cavalry in a massacre.

**(Bob Keeshan) Featherman, Chief of the Sycapoose indian tribe who lived near the town of Doodyville. Three tribes of Indians regularly appeared on this popular children's program including the Sycapoose, the Ooragnak, and the Tinka Tonka's. Bob Keeshan played a dual role of Featherman and Clarabell the Clown, so the two characters were never seen on camera at the same time. When Featherman was heard approaching, Clarabell the clown would get afraid and run off stage thus conveniently paving the way for the appearance of Featherman. The Tinka Tonka's tribal representative was Princess Summerfallwinterspring, one of the few females on the show. The Princess, originally a puppet, was transformed into a real person namely Judy Tyler, an attractive Broadway singer took on the role of the now human Princess. Unfortunately, Tyler died in a car accident with her husband July 4, 1957 while on leave from the show. Her part was never recast. The Ooragnak Indians (Kangaroo spelled backwards) were the more hostile of the three tribes. Their villainous leader, Chief Thunderthud was played by Bill Le Cornec. His favorite remark was a boisterous "KOWA-BONGA!" Howdy Doody, the puppet star of the series, eventually tamed the wild ways of the chief. Thunderthud thereafter became the most popular Indian in Doodyville.

**(Cartoon Character) John Redcorn, 36 year-old American Indian masseuse/new age healer living in Arlen, Texas. John was having an affair with the wife of white man for fifteen years under the guise of relieving her headaches using new age massage techniques. For years, John has been unsuccessfully pleading with the US government to reclaim land formerly owned by his people.

**(Abner Biberman) Abraham Lincoln Imhook, an Eskimo-American and close friend of Cal "Kodiak" McKay, an Alaskan State Patrol officer who crisscrossed 50,000 square miles of rugged northern wilderness attempting to maintain law and order.

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