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Summer, who is an enrolled member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, states, “The perpetuation of historical trauma that has been handed down generation to generation is resulting in disproportionate rates of youth suicides, alcoholism, and drug abuse on reservations.Hollywood profits off of telling our stories, using us as backdrops in their white savior narratives, sending the message to our people that we are disposable.The least Hollywood could do is cast Natives who are actually connected to their tribe.” alongside Nicolas Cage, my Hollywood dreams became a reality. However, with the respect I have for our Native peoples I put my integrity before my career and told my manager that the studio had to get permission from the Navajo Nation for me to be hired to play the role of a Code Talker.
Even if we overlook tribal enrollment or the Indian status cards that legally identify one as Native in the United States and Canada, there are other markers of Native identity, like kinship and community bonds. Only a Native knows what it is to be Native, because they have the life experience to show it, in all its nuanced complexities.Children were not allowed to see their families, and some did not survive the beatings or harsh living conditions of these horrific places.These tragic events continued to play out well into the 1970s.We are so much more than stories of poverty, or hapless victims who must be rescued by a white savior,” states Ruth Hopkins (Dakota/Lakota), a tribal attorney, activist and Native writer.Audiences are being robbed by false representation of Native identity and the chance to bear witness to our truth.
He had a daughter named Phoenix with his former girlfriend Summer Tiger before dating actress Leah Gibson.