Biography

RECOGNITIONS

Recipient of the Cherokee National Historical Society’s, “Seven Star Award” for accomplishments in music, acting and business – 2014

Recipient of the American Indian Business Leaders Entrepreneurship Award – 1995

 

AWARDS – Film and Music

First Americans in the Arts – Outstanding Performance (Indian in the Cupboard) 1995

American Indian Film Institute – Best Actor (Indian in the Cupboard) 1996

First Americans in the Arts – Outstanding Performance (Kull the Conqueror) 1997

Native American Music Awards- Best Rap Album  (Good Day To Die) 1998

Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (The Life & Times) 1999

Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (Rez Affiliated) 2000

Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (Tribal Boogie) 2002

Native American Music Awards- Best Male Artist (The Messenger) 2003

Native American Music Awards- Artist of The Year (Native American Me) 2004

Indian Summer Music Awards – Best Rap Album (Native American Me) 2004

Indian Summer Music Awards – Best Rap Album (Redvolution) 2005

Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.  Mr. Davis currently serves as President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). Before being appointed as President and CEO of the NCAIED, Mr. Davis served on the organization’s Board of Directors.

He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network. Though his company Litefoot Enterprises, Mr. Davis has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and general consulting services.

Mr. Davis is a successful feature film actor and starred in such major motion pictures as, The Indian In The Cupboard and Mortal Kombat, Annihilation. He has also appeared on the television programs: C.S.I. Miami, Family Law and Any Day Now.

Mr. Davis began realizing his entrepreneurial dreams twenty years ago. His first business, the Red Vinyl Records recording label, began in 1991 and has since released dozens of award-winning albums distributed throughout the world. It continues to develop and record new Native American talent. The lyrics from Mr. Davis’ music are currently used today to teach both high school and college level students throughout the United States, and internationally, about historical and contemporary Native American issues and views.  Between the years 2005 thru 2010 alone, he traveled over 150,000 miles throughout the United States bringing hope and empowerment to over 450 Native American communities as part of the “Reach The Rez Project”. He also helped raise nearly $1.5 million to ensure the success of the effort. Mr. Davis has visited nearly every American Indian community and Alaska Native village in the United States, as well as dozens of First Nations across in Canada, in his 22 years of community outreach.

Mr. Davis’ diverse entrepreneurial spirit has grown to include successful pursuits in the world of fashion through his popular “Native Style®” clothing line and with the Litefoot Entertainment Group – a full service booking, merchandising and marketing company that specializes in expanding the reach of successful Native American public figures.

Mr. Davis continues to motivate and inspire audiences as a highly sought after public speaker.  He also regularly provides his services as a panelist, event host and master of ceremonies for a variety of events across North America. Additionally, he has lectured at various Colleges and State Universities across the United States, ranging from Virginia Tech and Oregon State University to Sitting Bull College.  Mr. Davis continues to be a consistent voice of inspiration and motivation for American Indian people as a featured speaker for Tribes, Tribal programs, Schools and national American Indian organization’s throughout North America.

Mr. Davis self published his first book in 2010 entitled, “The Medicine of Prayer”, an inspirational and semi-autobiographical work that has sold thousands of copies in the United States and Canada.

For over two decades, Mr. Davis has meshed his success as an entrepreneur, with his passion to better the future of Indian Country and served as a source of inspiration for thousands of Native people across North America.

BOOKS
The Medicine of Prayer

DISCOGRAPHY
1992 – The Money E.P.
1993 – Native Tongue
1994 – Seein’ Red
1996 – Good Day To Die
1998 – The Clown Kutz
1998 – The Life & Times
1998 – Red Ryders Vol.1
1999 – Red Ryders Vol. 2
1999 – Rez Affiliated
1999 – The Lite Years 1989–1999 – The Best of Mr. Foot
2001 – Tribal Boogie
2002 – The Messenger
2003 – Native American Me
2004 – Redvolution
2011 – Relentless Pursuit
2014 – Currently “Untitled”. Expected Release: Late Summer

FILMOGRAPHY

FILM ROLE STUDIO/DIRECTOR
The Indian in the Cupboard Little Bear/Lead Actor Paramount Pictures/Frank Oz
Mortal Kombat Annihilation Nightwolf/Lead Actor New Line Cinema/Jon Leonetti
Kull the Conqueror Ascalante/Lead Actor Universal Pictures/John Nicollela
Adaptation Russell/Supporting Actor Columbia Pictures/Spike Jonez
29 Palms Warrior #1/Lead Actor Artisan/Leonardo Ricagni
The Song of Hiawatha Hiawatha/Lead Actor Hallmark Entertainment/Jeff Shore
The Pearl Juan Tomas/Lead Actor Independent/Alfredo Zacharias
The Picture of Priority Angel Whitecloud/Lead Actor Independent/Mick Mapelli

 

TV SERIES/EPISODE ROLE NETWORK/DIRECTOR
House of Cards/Season 2 Episode 8 BIA Asst. Secretary Michael Frost Netflix/James Foley
Any Day Now/No More, Forever Charley Majors/Lead Actor Lifetime Network/Tom McLoughlin
Family Law/Americans John Grant/Lead Actor CBS/Elodie Keen
Any Day Now/The Real Thing Charley Majors/Lead Actor Lifetime Network/Tom McLoughlin
CSI: Miami/Slow Burn Card Dealer/Supporting Actor CBS/Joe Chappelle