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Dark Wind’s Zahn McClarnon to headline 2023 NAGSA winter conference

HOLBROOK — Lakota actor Zahn McClarnon who plays Lt. Leaphorn on AMC’s Dark Winds TV series and Officer Big on Reservation Dogs, will be a guest speaker at the annual winter conference for the Native American Grant School Association.

McClarnon is scheduled for Friday Dec. 15, 2023. The event will take place at Hampton Inn - Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada. Exact time will be forthcoming. This year’s NAGSA conference willl be from Thursday Dec. 14 to Sat. Dec. 16, 2023

NAGSA President Rudie John said McClarnon will talk about about his career and the value of Native language in today’s Hollywood landscape.

“We were able to work things out with McClarnon’s agent and we are happy to have him at our event,” said John. “We are hoping that his speech motivates our educators who teach traditonal languages as well as our students.”


Actor Zahn McClarnon

McClarnon will also be available for photos and then return briefly on Saturday.

Zahn Tokiya-ku McClarnon is an American actor known for his performances in the Western crime drama series Longmire, the second season of Fargo, and the second season of Westworld. In 2022 he plays the lead role in the AMC series Dark Winds. He also features in the 2021 FX on Hulu series Reservation Dogs, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Hawkeye (2021), and Echo (2023).

McClarnon was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of a Hunkpapa Lakota mother and a father of Irish ancestry. He grew up near Browning, Montana, where his father worked at Glacier National Park for the National Park Service. He would often visit the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where his mother grew up, and often stayed with his maternal grandparents on weekends and for longer visits. His mother lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When his father was relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, for work, the family lived in the Joslyn Castle and Dundee neighborhoods. McClarnon has a fraternal twin brother.

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