Country musician, Native American rights activist, and television actor known for his roles in such television series as The X-Files, The Pretender, and Walker, Texas Ranger. His country albums include Indian Country and The Land is Your Mother.
He made his screen debut in the 1989 film Renegades, playing the role of Lou Diamond Phillips' character's father.
He studied education at Northern State University in South Dakota and briefly joined the United States Marines.
A member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, he was born on South Dakota's Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. He was married several times, and he had five children.
Playing the role of Albert Hosteen, he appeared on-screen with X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny.