Marjorie Tanin [Tewa (Santa Clara Pueblo) Hopi/Kiowa] was born, raised, and is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe from New Mexico. She is a traditional member of the tribe and is fluent in the Tewa language. At present Marjorie resides in Santa Monica with her husband, Cyril.
She first became involved in the motion picture industry as an actress in 1987 and is a current AFTRA & SAG member. She was very active in the “American Indian Registry,” casting Native American Indians in various roles, as well as serving as a consultant on their many projects. From 1994-1998, she served as the vice-chair of the Native American Sub-committee at the Screen Actors Guild, along with being an active member of the E.E.O.C. and the Ethnic Women’s sub-committees.
Aside from her career as an actress and casting director, she volunteers many hours of her time to the Native American community. She is on the advisory board of Native Voices at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, a theater group. She is also an active member of the Native American Median Task Force. Marjorie was the first Native American to serve on the Ralph Bunche Scholarship Committee at UCLA.
Marjorie has been featured in many TV programs and movies. She also stays busy doing voiceovers/looping and print work. Some of her credits include looping for Walker, Texas Ranger and Looking for Lost Bird, a Hallmark Hall of Fame television show which aired in the fall, 2000. Other known looping credits are Fairy Tales for Every Child-Snow White & Disney’s Pocahontas II (video). Currently she is busy casting for a feature film titled Roswell One. Along with her casting schedule she is still very involved in the presentation, We Are Still Here, the story of Katherine Siva Saubel and the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California.