Biography, Awards, Recognitions and Achievements
- 2015 Recipient of the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s National Director of the Year Award
- 2015 Minority Business News USA Champion in honor of unwavering commitment to supplier diversity
- Selected as one of the, “Fifty Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today Media Network – 2015
- 2014 Recipient of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society’s Seven Star Award for accomplishments in music, acting and business
- Recipient of the American Indian Business Leaders Entrepreneurship Award – 1995
- Oversight Hearing of the United States Senate Indian Affairs Committee, “Indian Country Priorities for the 114th Congress” – January 28, 2015
- Oversight Hearing of the United States Senate Indian Affairs Committee, “Economic Development: Encouraging Investment in Indian Country” – June 25, 2014
- Appointed by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration to the Council on Underserved Communities – May 23, 2016
- Appointed by Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy, as an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s, Minorities In Energy initiative – 2015
INTERNATIONAL DELEGATIONS & OUTREACH
- Accompanied the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its Minority Business Development Agency, as part of the official U.S. Delegation to Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s Largest trade fair for industrial technology- April 25-29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany.
- World Indigenous Business Forum, Featured Keynote speaker – October 29-30, 2014 in Guatemala City, Guatemala
AWARDS – Film and Music
First Americans in the Arts – Outstanding Performance (Indian in the Cupboard) 1995
American Indian Film Institute – Best Actor (Indian in the Cupboard) 1996
First Americans in the Arts – Outstanding Performance (Kull the Conqueror) 1997
Native American Music Awards- Best Rap Album (Good Day To Die) 1998
Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (The Life & Times) 1999
Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (Rez Affiliated) 2000
Native American Music Awards- Best Rap/Hip Hop Album (Tribal Boogie) 2002
Native American Music Awards- Best Male Artist (The Messenger) 2003
Native American Music Awards- Artist of The Year (Native American Me) 2004
Indian Summer Music Awards – Best Rap Album (Native American Me) 2004
Indian Summer Music Awards – Best Rap Album (Redvolution) 2005
Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
For over two decades, he has meshed his talents as an artist and entrepreneur with his passion to better the future of Indian Country. His music, tours, films and books have served as sources of inspiration for Native people across North America.
Mr. Davis began his career in 1991 as the first American Indian Rap artist by recording and releasing his music on his Red Vinyl Records recording label. He has performed thousands of concerts across North America and toured internationally releasing 11 award winning albums. His music has appeared in several major motion pictures and television programs and has received “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” honors from the Native American Music Awards.
Mr. Davis’ theatrical accomplishments include starring roles in such major motion pictures as, The Indian In The Cupboard, Mortal Kombat, The Song of Hiwatha and television programs such as, House of Cards, CSI Miami and Any Day Now.
Mr. Davis has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the United States and Canada bringing hope and empowerment to hundreds of tribal communities. He continues to motivate and inspire, tribal, educational and corporate audiences as a highly sought after public speaker.
Mr. Davis is the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). Before being appointed as Executive Director of NAFSA, Mr. Davis served as President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and as a member of the NCAIED’s Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network.
Mr. Davis is a recipient of the prestigious Sevenstar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, presented to a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration to others. In 2015, Mr. Davis received the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency National Director Special Recognition Award and was appointed as an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s, Minorities in Energy initiative. Also in 2015, Mr. Davis was also recognized as one of the “Fifty Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today Media Network. In May of 2016, Mr. Davis was appointed to the United States Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.
The Medicine of Prayer
1992 – The Money E.P.
1993 – Native Tongue
1994 – Seein’ Red
1996 – Good Day To Die
1998 – The Clown Kutz
1998 – The Life & Times
1998 – Red Ryders Vol.1
1999 – Red Ryders Vol. 2
1999 – Rez Affiliated
1999 – The Lite Years 1989–1999 – The Best of Mr. Foot
2001 – Tribal Boogie
2002 – The Messenger
2003 – Native American Me
2004 – Redvolution
2008 – Relentless Pursuit
|The Indian in the Cupboard||Little Bear/Lead Actor||Paramount Pictures/Frank Oz|
|Mortal Kombat Annihilation||Nightwolf/Lead Actor||New Line Cinema/Jon Leonetti|
|Kull the Conqueror||Ascalante/Lead Actor||Universal Pictures/John Nicollela|
|Adaptation||Russell/Supporting Actor||Columbia Pictures/Spike Jonez|
|29 Palms||Warrior #1/Lead Actor||Artisan/Leonardo Ricagni|
|The Song of Hiawatha||Hiawatha/Lead Actor||Hallmark Entertainment/Jeff Shore|
|The Pearl||Juan Tomas/Lead Actor||Independent/Alfredo Zacharias|
|The Picture of Priority||Angel Whitecloud/Lead Actor||Independent/Mick Mapelli|
|House of Cards/Season 2 Episode 8||BIA Asst. Secretary Michael Frost||Netflix/James Foley|
|Any Day Now/No More, Forever||Charley Majors/Lead Actor||Lifetime Network/Tom McLoughlin|
|Family Law/Americans||John Grant/Lead Actor||CBS/Elodie Keen|
|Any Day Now/The Real Thing||Charley Majors/Lead Actor||Lifetime Network/Tom McLoughlin|
|CSI: Miami/Slow Burn||Card Dealer/Supporting Actor||CBS/Joe Chappelle|