2019 ICT Native Gala

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VIP Preview Party

Treat yourself to the music of The Redmen while enjoying amazing Native American inspired appetizers & drinks.

ONLY VIP ticket holders can attend the Preview Party. 

See Sponsorships for Gala for ticket information.  

Regular seating is not part of VIP package. 

PETE SANDS

Pete Sands was born and raised on the Navajo-Indian reservation in southern Utah. He graduated from Whitehorse High School in his hometown of Montezuma, Creek, UT. After high school he attended the College of Eastern Utah and obtained his associates degree in Criminal Justice. Afterwards he was accepted into Weber State University in Ogden, UT and obtained his bachelors in Criminal Justice as well.

Nevertheless, he had a calling on the side as being writer. He began singing and play while attending the university. After graduating he went on a journey to find his calling. Years of playing coffee houses, corner stores, bars, and open mics, Sands decided to record his first album.

In the fall of 2014 he released his debut album “Dirt Dance Floor” under the name BLACKKISS. The music caught the ears of filmmakers and soon enough BLACKKISS was on the radar. His big break came from a musician he admired, now a close friend, Whitey Morgan. He asked Sands to open one of his Salt Lake City shows and it was the first time Sands was put in front of a huge crowd.

Currently, Pete is in the process recording his debut album “Thunder Roads” under the rebranded “Pete Sands & the Drifters”. Sands has also continued working with the hit tv show “Yellowstone”, which recently wrapped production for its second season.

ELAINE MILES

Elaine Miles was born in Pendleton, Oregon and is of Cayuse/Nez Perce ancestry. Elaine lived to the age of three on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon.  Elaine is a prize-winning traditional dancer.  Elaine was the role of Marilyn Whirlwind on Northern Exposure, 1990-1995.  Elaine is highly respected in the American Native Community for her efforts to make sure her character on Northern Exposure was represented culturally accurate. 

 

Elaine was named Native American Woman of the Year in 1993 and America's Celebrity Indian of the Year in 1995. 

 

In 1995, Elaine was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of Northern Exposure cast in the category, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. 

 

Elaine has done tours with her dancing and stand-up comedy; has emceed at numerous music festivals and princess contests.  She's had roles in independent films such as Smoke Signals, Skins and The Business of Fancydancing.  

 

Smoke Signals was the first written, directed, produced and characters all being Native American.  Her latest work is the role of "Mountain" on the Netflix movie "Juanita."