After beginning their heartfelt speech in Blackfeet language, they shared the below:
“I love everyone in this room right now, thank you. I don’t have words. I just spoke a bit of Blackfeet language, the beautiful community nation that raised me, that encouraged me to keep going, to keep doing this.
I’m here with my mom, who, even though she’s not Blackfeet, worked tirelessly to get our language into our classroom so I had a Blackfeet language teacher growing up. This award belongs to—and I hope I don’t get counted down too fast because this [win] is a historic one. I’m so grateful that I can speak even a little big of my language, which I’m not fluent in, up here, because in this business, native actors used to speak their lines in English and then the sound mixers would run them backwards to accomplish native languages on camera.
This is a historic win. It doesn’t belong to just me. I’m holding it right now, I’m holding it with all my beautiful sisters and the film at this table over here and my mother, Tantoo Cardinal, [I’m] standing on all of your shoulders. Thank you, thank you, Marty, thank you Leo, thank you Bob. You are all changing things. Thank you for being such allies, thank you Eric. Thank you Chief Standing Bear.”
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