What’s So Hard About Casting Indian Actors in Indian Roles?
There’s a brief exchange in the new drama “Wind River” that is brusquely telling. On a reservation in Wyoming, a white man, Cory (Jeremy Renner), tries to console an Arapaho tribal member, Chip (Martin Sensmeier), who has just learned that his sister has been murdered.
When Cory philosophizes, “This land is all we got left,” Chip excoriates his use of “we” and adds, “Only thing Native about you is your ex-wife and a daughter you couldn’t protect.”
It’s at this m...