Tatanka Means Shirtless: Wife, Family, Nation (Lakota, Navajo), Movies

Tatanka Means Shirtless Photo, Family, and Movies. Let’s add Tatanka Means to our list of Native American hunks. He is an actor whose acting credits include Tiger Eyes, The Night Shift (TV series), Seth Macfarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the upcoming second installment of the Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials.

Here are some stuff you should know about Tatanka Means. The info in italics are from the trivia section of his IMDB page to which we added some important details.

His name means “Male Buffalo” in Lakota, he speaks Lakota. According to his website (tatankameans.com), he “represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nation”.





He was the 2001 USA National Boxing Champion at age of 16.

His skills include horseback riding and powwow dancing.

He is featured in 2006 Indian Male calendar. For those looking for a Tatanka Means shirtless photo, here’s an “almost” shirtless pic from said calendar. If you want to google it, the calendar is called 21st Century Skins Native American Mens Calendar.

tatanka means shirtless in 21st Century Skins Native American Mens Calendar

He is the son of American Indian activist and actor Russell Means (who passed away in 2012). In an interview with Indian Country Today here’s what Tatanka says about his dad:

He taught me that to truly be free, I have to start with my own freedom. To be drug free, alcohol free and abuse free is a decision I’ve made for me personally. We’re taking back our individual freedom one household at a time. It’s up to us to decide for ourselves and our families which road in life we will continue on and how much conviction we will have to take care of ourselves, protect our families and work hard for our communities and people.





My father now walks along side Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Gall, Spotted Tail, Fast Thunder and Fools Crow. My Dad was my Hero. He was fearless. His life was dedicated to the people. He was one of the greatest. He will be remembered forever.

His mother’s name is Gloria.

Has a half brother named Scott (who was in The Last of the Mohicans).

His younger brother is Nataani Nez Means (who’s a hip hop artist).

First cousin of Jeremiah Bitsui (who starred in Breaking Bad).

He is a professional stand-up comedian. Check out this Youtube video of Tatanka doing stand-up.

He is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge South Dakota.

He was raised in Chinle, AZ on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.

Won Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the Red Nation Film Festival (2012) for his role as Wolf in Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes. Here’s a still pic of Tatanka with Tiger Eyes co-star Willa Holland.

tatanka means tiger eyes with willa holland

Won Best Actor award at the Dreamspeakers Film Festival for his role as Jim Sundell in Derby Kings (2013).

Won Best Actor award at the Nevada International Film Festival for his role as Jim Sundell in Derby Kings (2013).

Tatanka Means Single or Married? For those who are wondering, Tatanka is off the market. He is married to wife Christine Begay. Here’s a pic of the happy couple with their daughter. [photo credit: Indian Media Country Today]

tatanka means wife christine begay means

Tatanka Means Shirtless, Family, and Famous Father published 20 May 2015. Updated 19 February 2017.