R.I.P. Floyd Red Crow Westerman
Posted at 1:18 PM (PST) on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Floyd Red Crow Westerman passes away
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Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936 - 2007)

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Sisseton-Wapheton Dakota musician, actor, and activist, passed away at 5:00 a.m. PST, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after an extended illness. He was 71.

Westerman, who began his career as a country singer, appeared in over 50 films and televison productions, including Dances with Wolves, Hidalgo, The Doors, and Poltergeist, and Northern Exposure. He appeared in 12 episodes of the 1990s TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger, as Uncle Ray Firewalker.

As a member of American Indian Movement, and a spokesman for the International Indian Treaty Council, Westerman traveled the world extensively working for the betterment of native people.

In 2006, he won a NAMMY Award for his third album, A Tribute to Johnny Cash. During his career, he played and collaborated with a number of notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson, Buffy St. Marie, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte, and Sting.

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He played Albert Hosteen in 5 episodes of "The X Files" and was much loved by the XF Community:

The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati (1999)
Biogenesis (1999)
Paper Clip (1995)
The Blessing Way (1995)
Anasazi (1995)

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