Caption from 'Walt enjoys the company of fellow pageant judge, and 1978 Miss Cheyenne winner, Neena Wapasha (Kimberly Guerrero).'

How 'Longmire' Gets it Right: Native Adviser Marcus Redthunder [Video]


In the most recent episode of Longmire, a crime drama set in Wyoming, Sheriff Walt Longmire ended up judging a Miss Cheyenne pageant. This being a TV show, of course, Walt soon stumbled upon a lead in a murder case. Now in its third season, the show has been received warmly by critics; it's also become a favorite among ICTMN readers due to its setting and plot elements tied to a nearby Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation.

Monday's show featured not just a glimpse into the world of Native American pageants, but also some prime-time face time for Native actresses Kimberly Norris Guerrero and Irene Bedard. (To watch the full episode, visit And as with all episodes of the show, adviser Marcus Redthunder helped shape the look and content of Native storyline, which in this episode brought to light the issue of involuntary sterilization of Native women.

Here's a clip produced by A&E about Redthunder and the work he does on the show:

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