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Hominy Indians film to get national exposure

Adam Beach is featured in a publicity photo for upcoming films based on the Hominy Indians, an Oklahoma-based, semi-professional football team of the 1920s. Beach serves as narrator for a documentary entitled “Playground of the Native Son,” which is currently in post-production. Fully Funded Films/IndieInFilms
Adam Beach is featured in a publicity photo for upcoming films based on the Hominy Indians, an Oklahoma-based, semi-professional football team of the 1920s. Beach serves as narrator for a documentary entitled “Playground of the Native Son,” which is currently in post-production. Fully Funded Films/IndieInFilms

LAS VEGAS — Announcements related to upcoming films about the legendary Hominy Indians football team are expected to draw special attention this week at the 28th annual National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nev.

Special guest at the symposium will be Adam Beach, the Native American actor who serves as narrator for a soon-to-be released docu-drama based on the Oklahoma-based gridiron squad. Entitled “Playground of the Native Son,” the hour-long film is currently in post-production.

(A link to the official trailer for “Playground of the Native Son” is available at the Hominy Indians page on Facebook.)

Beach also is involved in the planning for a feature presentation about the All-Indian team of the mid-1920s and ’30s. Celia Xavier and Beach are the executive producers on the project. It recently was revealed that the title of the full-length film will be “War Paint.”

Xavier wrote and produced “Playground of the Native Son” through her West Coast independent studio, Fully Funded Films/IndieInFilms. She and Michael Nash co-directed the documentary.

Starting in the mid-1920s, the Hominy Indians played a barnstorming schedule against amateur, semi-pro and professional football teams from all around the country.

Players from the Osage Nation and more than a dozen other tribes competed for the Indians’ squad, which once compiled a winning streak of 26 consecutive games.

The upcoming documentary focuses upon the Hominy team’s most-noted victory — a win over the New York Giants on Dec. 26, 1927. In a contest played at Pawhuska, the Indians defeated the Giants, 13-6, just weeks after the Giants had been crowned as the champions of professional football.

Xavier said she hopes the films will insure that the incredible accomplishments of the Hominy Indians are not forgotten. Publicity releases for her projects refer to the team’s saga as: “The greatest story never told.” She said she hopes that the appearance by Beach at the Native American business symposium will help stir interest in the films.

Described as the “Largest Business Gathering in Indian Country,” National RES opened Monday and will conclude Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The event is sponsored by the National Center for American Enterprise Development. Beach is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening during a “Meet and Greet” session which also features actor Moses Brings Plenty, up-and-coming middleweight boxer George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah and “America’s Next Top Model” celebrity Mariah Watchman.

During the last two months of 2012, Xavier’s production company shot footage for the documentary in and around Bartlesville. Area actors and extras were primarily used for the scenes filmed locally. A rough-cut version of the docu-drama was shown in Tulsa late last year during the National Congress of American Indians. Preliminary screenings for the finished product are anticipated later this spring, with one being planned for June in Bartlesville.

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