This year’s event featured a star studded cast of Native American celebrities including Eddie Spears, Lakota Sioux, who starred in the recently released “Black Cloud,” as well as “Dream Keeper,” “The Slaughter Rule,” “Geronimo,” “The Witness,” “Through the Window,” “Edge of America” and “The Ancient Warriors.” Accompanying Spears was his brother, Michael Spears, whose work includes roles in “Skins,” “Dances with Wolves,” “Lakota Woman,” with Irene Bedard, and “Through the Window.” Both Eddie and Michael are currently wrapping up their latest project titled, “Into the West,” which is scheduled for national release in June. “Into the West” is a TNT 12-hour mini-series and will premier on June 10 on the TNT network.
Other special guests included Blackhawk Walters, the World Kickboxing Champion turned movie actor, in the recently released “Shadow Hawk on Sacred Ground.” Blackhawk has a record of 42 wins and only 7 losses with 34 of those wins being knockouts.
Also in attendance, were Linda Grey (actress); Norman Brown (actor); Lee Brones (producer/director/photographer); Lee R. Cohoe (actor); Katie Yazzie (talent/modeling agent); Brittany Yazzie (actress/model), Brittany is currently working on “Into the West” as well; Christy Yazzie (model); Rudy Mann (actor); and Nakota LaRance, a 14-year-old teenage World Hoop Dance Champion who performed on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
The 16th annual Stars in the Desert was undoubtedly one of the most successful ever for the CACY Program. CACY members emphasized they would like to thank their sponsors, all committee members, board members and especially the numerous volunteers who worked long tiring hours to assure a memorable weekend.