Longmire star Lou Diamond Phillips supports the Native American community and is a sensible activist. In fact and after being casting as Henry Standing Bear in A & E’s Longmire TV show, he met with Cheyenne elders in Montana. It was a touching moment for him and his family. Remember that his father, Gerald Amon Upchurch, an officer in the United States Navy, was one-quarter Cherokee descent. Then, he said: “I visited the rez, received a blessing from one of the Cheyenne elders, met with Tribal President Leroy Spang, participated in a sweat with a lot of the brothers, and got to experience their culture firsthand.”
But not only is he an adopted son of Cherokee people. Years ago, he was adopted by the Sioux tribe and his Sioux name is “Star Keeper.” Also in 1990, Lou Diamond Phillips organized a concert, The Winds of Life, to benefit Native American causes.
“Hollywood will put you in a box, so to speak. Some people will have seen you in ‘La Bamba’ or another dramatic film and think, ‘Okay, that’s what Lou does.’ But they don’t really have an idea of the range or diversity that I can bring to a project.” Lou Diamond Phillips.
Thus, his role as Henry Standing Bear is very dear to him. Henry Standing Bear is also a Cheyenne, and his name is described in Season 3 as a bear who protects those he loves. In Absaroka County, he is absolutely important because is the bridge between the white community and the Indian people. He is Sheriff Walt Longmire’s best friend, from their early school days, the proprietor of the Red Pony Cafe, and an expert tracker.
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Remember that Longmire season 4 is set to be released on Netflix on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.