Actor Wes Studi will be honored on Sunday October 22nd at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, followed by the New Mexican premiere of Hostiles directed by Scott Cooper starring Wes Studi, Christian Bale, and Rosamund Pike.

Hostiles, shot in New Mexico takes place in 1892, legendary Army captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) undertakes one final mission before retirement: escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) – a dying Cheyenne war chief – and his family back to sacred tribal lands. After 20 years of violent struggle, this gesture of peace is as unthinkable as it is harrowing.

Together they battle against a punishing landscape and the brutality of men alike, coming to the rescue of a young widow (Rosamund Pike) amidst the carnage of her murdered family. Two great warriors, once rivals across the battlefield, must learn to trust each other and find peace in an unforgiving land. A heroic odyssey of survival, HOSTILES becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation and forgiveness.

The actor gained attention in 2016 as Kaetenay in Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”. Wes is perhaps best known for his powerful portrayal of Magua in “The Last Of The Mohicans”, and starring as Det. Joe Leaphorn in Tony Hillerman’s “Skinwalkers”, “Coyote Waits” and “Thief Of Time” on American Mystery! for PBS.

His other film credits include the title role in “Geronimo: An American Legend”, Eytukan, the Na’vi chieftain in “Avatar”, “Dances With Wolves”, “Powwow Highway”, “Street Fighter”, “Deep Rising”, “Heat”, “Undisputed”, “Mystery Men”, “The New World”, and “The Only Good Indian”. He has appeared on television in the PBS series “We Shall Remain”, “The Red Road”, “Kings”, “The Mentalist”, HBO’s “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”, Larry McMurtry’s “Commanche Moon”, and “Streets of Laredo”, “Into The West”, “Superfire”, American Playhouse PBS “Trial Of Standing Bear”, “Longarm”, “Return To Plum Creek”, and TNT’s “The Broken Chain” and “Crazy Horse”.

Also a musician and songwriter, he plays bass with the band Firecat of Discord. Wes is an expert horse trainer, an accomplished sculptor of stone, and the author of two children’s books for the Cherokee Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Center.

Currently the Spokesman for the Indigenous Language Institute, he is fluent in both spoken and written Cherokee, his native language, and he provided the Cherokee translations for the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “The Kentucky Cycle”. Wes was born in Nofire Hollow, and raised in Northeastern Oklahoma. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, singer-actress Maura Dhu Studi, and their son Kholan.



Anyone with information about this case should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (503) 682-6131, or Oregon State Police Tip Line at (800) 452-7888. Callers may remain anonymous.

A collared gray wolf known as OR-33 was illegally killed in Southern Oregon, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to help solve the crime.

The agency announced the death Wednesday, saying DNA from a heavily decomposed carcass found this spring was matched to DNA from when OR-33 was collared by wildlife biologists two years ago.

The carcass was found northwest of Klamath Falls on the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

“We just recently confirmed it was a wolf, and it was that wolf,” Fish and Wildlife spokesman Brent Lawrence said Wednesday. “We had to know if it was a wolf and a wild wolf, not a captive wolf or a hybrid, before we opened our investigation.”

The necropsy determined it died from gunshot wounds, but Lawrence declined to be more specific because the case remains unsolved.

It is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act to kill a gray wolf, which is listed as endangered in western two-thirds of Oregon.

The shooting is also a violation of Oregon wildlife laws. Oregon State Police and the federal service are working together on the investigation, and investigators have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

OR-33, a cousin of the famous wolf OR-7, dispersed from Northeastern Oregon’s Imnaha Pack in 2015, venturing through the Columbia Basin and southern Blue Mountains before heading south and popping up in Klamath and Jackson counties in February 2016.

In April’s most recent statewide wolf report, his status was listed as unknown.


A dog fighting for her life was saved just in time. The dog had fallen into a water reservoir and was losing her strength and having difficulty staying above water after hours of trying to hang on.

Her paws were bloody from trying to hold on to the sides of the well. That’s when Animal Aid Unlimited arrived just in time to save her…

"We got a call to rescue a dog fighting for her life after falling in a deep well. She may have been swimming for hours before a villager saw her and called our helpline. She was quickly losing her strength and could barely hold on to the sides of the well."  Animal Aid Unlimited

The mission of Animal Aid Unlimited is to rescue and treat the un-owned street animals of India who have become ill or injured, and through their rescue inspire a community to protect and defend the lives of all animals.

Thousands of dogs, cows, donkeys and other animals live on the street in Udaipur alone, and millions across India.

In the region where Animal Aid works in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the animal’s presence on the street is generally accepted, and feeding street animals is even a part of the culture. However, as traffic increases and the city expands, life can be a daily struggle for many animals on the street.

Street dogs survive off of human left overs in India much as they have done for thousands of years (more than 10,000 years!) They find left-overs from restaurants and markets, and also enjoy food left especially for them by kind neighbors.


Intense drone footage from Northern Ontario captured a rare view of a wolf attempting to hunt a moose.

YouTuber Dan Nystedt was filming a moose that was near the shore of a lake using a Phantom 4 Pro. He says he was excited to see the moose, but just as he was leaving, he captured something very exciting.

Despite the size difference, a wolf suddenly appears from the woods, and the two animals begin a battle for their lives. After a back and forth for dominance, the moose retreats, and the wolf grabs hold of the moose's underside.

After a what seems like forever, the moose manages to break free of the wolf, and it slowly walks away with the wolf in tow.

The moose then heads for deeper water, tiring the wolf, and making it more difficult for it to attack.

Eventually, the wolf retreats, and is later seen with another wolf. At the end of the clip, the moose can be seen swimming across the deep lake, and it's presumably safe, for now at least.

"Captured this footage by happenstance while shooting some scenics in Northern Ontario. Was excited by the moose sighting, as I was leaving something unexpected took place. Shot in 4K with Phantom 4 Pro. " Dan Nystedt


A young First Nations boy from Cold Lake, Alta., cut his long hair Saturday after enduring what his family called years of bullying in school.

Mylon McArthur, 8, told his mother Tiya-Marie Large he wanted to cut his hair, which had been long all his life, after feeling overwhelmed from constant bullying at Cold Lake Elementary School.

"He told me he did not want his hair anymore," said Large. "I cried. His hair is who we are, it's a part of us, it's his language, it's his pride."

Despite not wanting him to cut his hair and "let the bullies win," she spotted the opportunity to raise awareness about cultural racism and bullying.

"My son is a very loving, capable, caring person," said Large. "He was bullied every day, every recess, every out-of-day school program session. He was always sad, he didn't want to go to school. This was affecting his well-being."

Friday, Mylon and his mother made a video and posted it to Facebook to bring awareness to the significance of long hair in Indigenous cultures.

In the video, Mylon holds up white paper cards with words written on them for his bullies: "You do not define me. You did not beat me. I am not weak. It's OK to have long hair."

"We told Mylon he was brave, strong and handsome. That we were so proud of him," said Large.

The video quickly caught on, with more than 51,000 views since being posted. Despite the response, Mylon still chose to cut his hair, said Large.