Moses Brings Plenty

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Moses J. Brings Plenty (b. 4 Sep 1969) is an Oglala Lakota television, film, and stage actor, as well as a traditional drummer and singer.[1]


Moses Brings Plenty was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota.[1] He is a direct descendant of Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota warrior who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn.[2]

Acting career[edit]

As an actor, he has played bit parts in Hidalgo, Thunder Heart and Pirates of the Caribbean.[3] He also played Quanah Parker in the History Channel documentary, Comanche Warrior, which was filmed on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the southern Black Hills, as well as playing Crazy Horse on The History Channel's "Investigating History" documentary, Who killed Crazy Horse and BBC "Custer's Last Stand". He acted in "Rez Bomb," considered to be the first movie with a universal storyline set on a reservation. "Rez Bomb" has been part on the international film festival circuit instead of playing strictly to Native American film festivals, which is a major breakthrough for Native cinema.[4]

In addition to doing some theater work in Nebraska, he also portrayed an Apache warrior in the 2011 science fiction western film Cowboys & Aliens. [3][dead link]

Brings Plenty is concerned about providing accurate representations of Native peoples in mass media. "Young people told me they don’t see our people on TV. Then it hit me, they are right. Where are our indigenous people, people who are proud of who they are?" he says.[1]

Music, dance, and modeling career[edit]

Brings Plenty has modeled for Ed Hardy and John Yaeger.[3]

Moses Brings Plenty played drums for the band Brulé, who combines traditional Native American drums and flute with contemporary musical instruments.[5]

He performs with and drums for the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe,[6] based in Winnebago, Nebraska that combines modern Native American dance with powwow dances.[3]

He has performed for charity events such as Project Lighthouse, who provides warm clothing and bedding to northern Indian reservations.[7]


Moses Brings Plenty was one of the experts who tested/displayed the weapons and tactics used by Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse on an episode in the third season of Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior. He also appeared in the sixth episode of the fourth season of AMC's Hell on Wheels.


  1. ^ a b c Melmer, David. "Moses Brings Plenty." Native Legacy Magazine. Summer 2008 (retrieved 7 Nov 2010)
  2. ^ Elliot 57
  3. ^ a b c d Hatcher, Jenn. "Moses with Moccasins." KNOP TV: News 2. (retrieved 7 Nov 2010)
  4. ^ "‘Rez Bomb’ DVD release Feb. 8." Indian Country Today. 22 Jan 2010 (retrieved 7 Nov 2010)
  5. ^ Groman, Gary. "Brule' a unique special Branson entertainment experience." Branson Courier. 14 July 2009 (retrieved 7 Nov 2010)
  6. ^ Guzman, Chabella. "Dance troupe brings old and new to performance." Star-Herald. 26 Oct 2010 (7 Nov 2010)
  7. ^ Floriano, Rachel. "Project Lighthouse brings warmth to those on the reservation." Examiner. 26 March 2010 (retrieved 7 Nov 2010)

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