Photo courtesy Jonathan Wheelhouse
Actor Saginaw Grant, left, walks the red carpet at the premiere of The Lone Ranger at Disneyland California Adventure in Anaheim, California, in June 2013. Grant will be honored with a humanitarian award in 2015.

Saginaw Grant to Receive Humanitarian Award

Simon Moya-Smith

Actor and public speaker Saginaw Grant will be honored next month with an award by a California nonprofit for his commitment to Native American communities.

Grant, who is a citizen of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria nations, will receive the 2015 Native American Humanitarian of the Year Award from Four Directions Education -- an Orange County, California-based nonprofit working to get more Native Americans into college.

In 2013, Grant, who has appeared in AMC's Breaking Bad and Jerry Bruckheimer's The Lone Ranger, told ICTMN he works tirelessly to inspire Native Americans of every age.

Photo courtesy Four Directions Education Facebook page.

"Every morning, I start off my day by talking to the Creator," he said. "And these are the things I tell my young people: Keep true to who you are. You are a Native person. You’r e different than all these other cultures. It doesn’t hurt to compliment somebody. This is what I teach the young people. I go to recovery houses where men are suffering and wanting to get away from alcohol. I know that life. I’ve been through it. And when I talk to them they know I’ve had that experience that they are in or are going through. I’m somewhat successful in my endeavor. I was at one time an alcoholic myself, but I’m no longer an alcoholic. And it makes me feel very proud because I’m making up for what disgrace I did bring to my people when I was using alcohol. I try to get this across to our people who are still suffering from it. The Creator gave us the ability to know right from wrong. We just have to make the right decision. Today, if we live by these principles, we can be happy."

Four Directions Education will host its "Honoring Traditions" gala January 31, 2015 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano, California. The gala is open to the public.

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