Moses J. Brings Plenty (b. 4 Sep 1969) is an Oglala Lakota television, film, and stage actor, as well as a traditional drummer and singer. He was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota and is a direct descendant of Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota warrior who fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
He had bit parts in Hidalgo, Thunder Heart and Pirates of the Caribbean. Brings Plenty also played Quanah Parker in the History Channel documentary, Comanche Warrior, which was filmed on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the southern Black Hills, as well as playing Crazy Horse on The History Channel’s Investigating History documentary, Who killed Crazy Horse and the BBCs Custer’s Last Stand.
He acted in Rez Bomb, considered to be the first movie with a universal storyline set on a reservation. Rez Bomb has been on the international film festival circuit instead of playing strictly to Native American film festivals, which is a major breakthrough for Native cinema.
In addition to doing some theater work in Nebraska, he also portrayed an Apache warrior in the 2011 science fiction western film Cowboys & Aliens.
Brings Plenty is concerned about providing accurate representations of Native peoples in mass media. “Young people told me they don’t see our people on TV. Then it hit me, they are right. Where are our indigenous people, people who are proud of who they are?” he says.
Moses Brings Plenty was one of the experts who tested/displayed the weapons and tactics used by Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse on an episode in the third season of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior. He also appeared in the sixth episode of the fourth season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels.
Music, dance, and modeling career
Brings Plenty has modeled for Ed Hardy and John Yaeger.
Moses Brings Plenty was a former traditional drummer and vocal artist in the band Brulé, which combines traditional Native American drums and flute with contemporary musical instruments.
He performs with and drums for the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe, based in Winnebago, Nebraska that combines modern Native American dance with powwow dances.
He has performed for charity events such as Project Lighthouse, who provides warm clothing and bedding to northern Indian reservations.