About 3-4 weeks ago, I learned that a good friend of mine, Steve Reevis had passed away. He passed on in December of 2017. Unfortunately, for me, I was unaware of this because when I moved away from LA, his family and mine lost contract. Steve was a Native American Actor, and he appeared in many films. Probably my favorite film of his was “The Last of the Dogmen,” where Steve played the major Native American role. I will leave a list of many of his films at the end of this blog.
Steve was only 55 years old when he passed, much too young to leave this world. In 1999, Steve helped me and my husband and a few other friends to set up a literacy project on the Blackfeet reservation. This was the first time I had met Steve. He was a very handsome young man, he was quiet, yet when he did speak, we listened, for he was also a wise young man. Steve never asked for anything in return for the help he gave us, his main concern being to help his people.
In truth, I was shocked when I learned of his passing, and so I thought that today, I would hostess a give-away in the style of the Blackfeet in Montana. (I am adopted Blackfeet.)
I’ll be giving away many books today, so do leave a message so that you can enter into the give-away. I’ll also be giving away a pair of Blackfeet made earrings. Now, let me show you some pictures of a fundraiser that we did with Steve and his beautiful wife, Macile, in a Walmart in 1999. All of my Blackfoot Warrior series (three books total) will also be on sale for a week for 99 cents in honor of Steve. (See below for the links to those books.)
The picture to the left here is of Steve when he was speaking at the fundraiser. This event also included many romance authors from the Orange County Romance Writers Association. At the event, we had a local drum group, who also donated all of their time and their musical art for the literacy project.
Off to the right here is a picture of Steve in a conversation with Maria Ferrara, who helped to fund raise for the project and was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. Without her help, there would have been no project.
As you can see here, Steve is listening intently to Maria, and this is one of my favorite pictures from that time.
To the left here are several people connected to the project. From left to right are: Mark Reed; Maria Ferrara; Jeff Butler; Harold Dusty Bull; Kinder Hunt; Steve Reevis; Macile Reevis; George Randall; Toni Running Fisher; Saginaw Grant; Yours truly.
And again, to the left is Harold Dusty Bull, who was In Charge of the Project. In the background to the left is Steve and on the right is Mark Reed, from the Iroquois/Mohawk tribe, I believe.
Both Harold and Steve grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana.
To the left here is Steve dancing. Steve was a grass dancer.
And, to the right is a couples dance. Here is Steve and Macile; behind them are Harold Dusty Bull and the founder and head of the H.E.L.P. project (Hollywood Education and Literacy Project), Kinder Hunt. Pulling up the rear in the picture is Saginaw Grant and Toni Running Fisher.
Also, there was Blackfeet style Indian bread and tacos — made by Toni Running Fisher.
To the right here is another view of Steve and Macile dancing the Couples Dance, with Saginaw Grant and Toni Running Fisher not too far behind them.
Here also is a view of some of the men who gave in the drum who gave us the music so the dancers could dance. To the left is another picture of Steve dancing.
To the left here is Steve speaking, and in his hand he holds an eagle feather fan.
To the right is Steve’s beautiful wife, Macile. Macile, by the way, has her own clothing line of Native American clothing.
To the left here is a picture snapped of us when we were visiting the L. Ron Hubbard Author Services Center in Hollywood, CA. From left to right are:
Paul Bailey (my husband); Harold Dusty Bull; Steve Reevis; Macile Reevis and her daughter; me; Toni Running Fisher and her husband Kevin. By the way, the dress I’m wearing in this picture is one of Macile Reevis’ creations.
And lastly, here we all are: the authors, the Drum, Steve and Macile (off to the left).
The event was very successful and the HELP literacy project was also a success on the Reservation, and was up and running there for many years.
I will miss my friend, Steve Reevis. Somehow, I thought he would always be here, alive and well, and I wish that I hadn’t lost touch with his family when my own family moved East. Steve once said to me in a passing conversation, “Why do you think all those warriors in the past would risk their lives?” I didn’t know and said so. Steve then said, “Because they knew they would live again.”
Somewhere, in some other time and place, perhaps, I feel that Steve is still with us, and is, even now, the cause of someone else’s joy and happiness. Good-bye, Steve. You are missed. But I know that wherever you are, those who are with you, love you.
All of the Blackfoot Warrior Series books are on sale for .99 in honor of Steve. Those books are:
GRAY HAWK’S WOMAN — https://tinyurl.com/qtl7hsu
WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH — https://tinyurl.com/vbanq3m
NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE — https://tinyurl.com/twdjtx4
These are list of some of Steve’s Films, as well as some photos from those films:
- Film Appearances
- Indian, Twins, Universal, 1988
- Indian child, Grim Prairie Tales (also known as Hellbent),Academy Entertainment, 1990
- First Sioux and first warrior, Dances with Wolves, Orion, 1990
- Indian in desert, The Doors, TriStar, 1991
- Chato, Geronimo: An American Legend, Columbia, 1993
- Two Bears, Posse, Gramercy, 1993
- Yellow Wolf, Last of the Dogmen, Savoy Pictures, 1995
- Sioux Chief Whistler, Wild Bill, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995
- (As Steven Reevis) Shep Proudfoot, Fargo, Gramercy, 1996
- Freddy, Follow Me Home, New Millenia, 1997
- Sam Keno, The Outfitters, New Skivvies Films, 1999
- Sim Lundy, Highway 395, Creative Light Worldwide, 2000
- Film Work
- Stunt performer, War Party, c. 1989.
- Television Appearances
- Crazy Horse, TNT, 1996
- Mule, Horse Sense, The Disney Channel, 1999
- Sammy Wheeler, “Return of Jimmy Blackhorse,” JAG, NBC, 1996
- “The Only Goode Indian,” Goode Behavior, 1997
- Jake Stonecrow, “Mayday,” Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1997
- Sheriff Lamont Nez, “The Outrage,” Promised Land, CBS, 1997
- John Wolf/Lone Wolf, “Way of the Warrior,” Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999
- Also appeared in Unsolved Mysteries.
- Grey Eyes, Miracle in the Wilderness, 1992
- Jack Buck, Wild Grizzly, 1999
- Life, Love, and Earth (educational music video), Shenandoah Films,1999