Charlie Hill (Oneida) with Professor of Law at 
UCLA Carole Goldberg and Duane Champagne,
Dir. of American Indian Studies Program at UCLA

Award winner Molly Culver (Choctaw)

Priscilla and Rita Coolidge

Apensanahkwat (Menominee Chief), Max¹s date, 
Steve Reevis (Blackfeet), actor and activist Max
Gail, and Macile Reevis

 Apensanahkwat (Menominee Chief) with actor and
FAITA award winner Michael Greyeyes (Cree) 

Mary Kay Place, L.P. Brown & Rita Coolidge

Jackie Kane, Alec Raven Cruz
filmmaker and award show editor.

Best acting awards in television go to Mitch Longley (Recurring) for Judging Amy (CBS), Molly
Culver (Lead) for VIP (Fox), Tyler Christopher (Lead/TV Movie) for The Pretender 2001 (TNT),
Maree Cheatham (Supporting/TV Movie) for Just Ask My Children (Lifetime), Irene Bedard
(Guest)  for The Agency (CBS), Gary Farmer (Guest) for West Wing (NBC) and Jeanne Cooper
(Recurring) for The Young and the Restless (CBS/Daytime).

Robert Mirabal receives this year's Music Award for Music from a Painted Cave (Silverwave Records"
while special awards go to Marla Bingham for Dance/Choreography and Tim Sampson for Theater.  Lifetime

Achievement awards go to singer Rita Coolidge for Music and actor/stuntman Henry Kingi, Sr. for Stunts.


Webcast producer Dan Jones

and Benford E. Standley

Dan Jones (Ponka),  Sonny Skyhawk and
Michael Greyeyes (Cree) 

Michael  Horse

Stuntman David Alvarado


FIRST AMERICANS CELEBRATE 10 YEARS coverage by Suzanne Westerly

Comedienne extrordinaire Charlie Hill (Oneida)
and actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Dakota)

KActress Kateri Walker (Ojibway, 
Odawa, Potowatomi) with N. Bird Runningwater
First American in the Arts Award Winners for 2002

• Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Film (Lead):

Michael Greyeyes in Skipped Parts (Skipped Parts Productions/Trimark Pictures)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Film):

Adam Beach in Joe Dirt (Columbia Pictures)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie (Lead):

Tyler Christopher in The Pretender 2001 (20th Century Fox)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Recurring):

Mitch Longley in Judging Amy (20th Century Fox Television/CBS Productions)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a TV Series (Regular):

Molly Culver in VIP (Global Entertainment Productions/Lafitte

Productions/Columbia Tristar Television)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actress in Daytime TV (Regular):

Jeanne Cooper in The Young & the Restless (CBS Television)

• Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV Movie:

Maree Cheatham in Just Ask My Children (Firebrand Productions/Hearst

Entertainment Productions)

• Outstanding Guest Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama Series:

Gary Farmer in West Wing (John Wells Productions/Warner Bros. Television)

• Outstanding Guest Performance by an Actress in a TV Drama Series:

Irene Bedard in The Agency (CBS Productions/Radiant Productions/Studios USA Television)

• Outstanding Musical Achievement:

Robert Mirabal for Music From a Painted Cave (Silver Wave Records)

Non Performance Categories

• Will Sampson Memorial Award: The Tulsa Indian Actor's Workshop

• Humanitarian Award: The Autry Museum of Western Heritage

• Trustees' Award: David Froman

• Lifetime Achievement in Stunts: Henry Kingi, Sr.

• Lifetime Musical Achievement: Rita Coolidge

• Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Marla Bingham

• Outstanding Achievement in Theater: Tim Sampson

Zahan McClarnon (Lokata) and Jakcie Kane
FAITA Awards show producer

After last year at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Faita returns to the Century Plaza Hotel

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Sophia Gerodimous,

James Main Jr. (GrosVentre), Actor
Steve Reevis (Blackfeet) and wife Macile,

FAITA's trustees continued their tradition of recognizing special individuals or organizations for
their contributions to Native Performing Arts and/or the American Indian Community in general.
Among  these awardees were David Froman, who  received the Trustees Award and  the Tulsa
Indian Actor's  Workshop receiving the Will Sampson Memorial Award.  The Humanitarian Award
went to The Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

This marked the 10th Anniversary for First Americans in the Arts, a non-profit dedicated to celebrating
the achievements of Native Americans in the entertainment industry. The Awards are also designed to
enlist the support and recognition of television, film, theater and music corporations, and to raise money
for a scholarship fund for American Indian students of the Performing Arts.

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