Gil Birmingham


Award-winning actor Gil Birmingham has appeared in more than 40 film and television productions. Birmingham generated public acclaim for his portrayal as Billy Black in the blockbuster films TwilightNew MoonEclipse and Breaking Dawn, based on the best-selling books by Stephenie Meyer.He appeared in the film The Love Ranch (2010) with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, directed by Taylor Hackford. Gil appears as Wounded Bird in the Oscar Award winning film Rango (2011) with Johnny Depp. He also appeared in the film Crooked Arrows with Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) in 2012. Other film credits include roles in Shouting Secrets with Twilight Saga cast member Chaske Spenser, End of the SpearDreamkeeperGentle BenThe Doe Boy, and Love's Long Journey, among others. Birmingham also appears in the film The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammar.

On TV, Gil has guest starred in several episodes of Wilfred, alongside Elijah Wood, and has appeared on The Lying GameCastleThe MentalistNip/TuckVeronica Mars and Vegas. His powerful portrayal of “Dogstar” in Steven Spielberg's six-part TV miniseries Into the West captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He is currently a recurring star in Banshee and House of Cards - Season 2.

In addition to acting, Gil is an accomplished guitar player and singer and performs for fans in a variety of venues with his blues/rock style.


Thomas Benjamin Thompson (Te Ata’s Father)


As the last elected treasurer of the Chickasaw Nation, Thomas Benjamin Thompson is best known for working with former Chickasaw Nation Governor Douglas H. Johnston to protect the Chickasaw people during the years immediately before and after Oklahoma statehood.

Perhaps Thompson’s greatest legacy to the Chickasaw people has been his descendants, many of whom have been public servants. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to be proud of their Chickasaw heritage and to never forget the traditions of the tribe.

About the Chickasaw Nation