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Ray Mala (December 27, 1906 – September 23, 1952) was the first Native American movie star and the most prolific film star Alaska has thus far produced. Mala was named a "Top Ten Alaskan" by TIME Magazine. He starred in MGM's Academy Award-winning Eskimo/Mala The Magnificent, directed by Woody Van Dyke.

Sitting Bull, however (pictured) refused to order his people to stop dancing, and in consequence was arrested and killed, an act that led two weeks later to the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee, where 153 Sioux Indians, mostly women and children, were needlessly slaughtered by the US Army. But the Indian spirit was not slaughtered with them. The Ghost Dance continues to this day, and to some large extent the hopes of many Native Americans remain pinned to the prophecy that spawned it…