On Tuesday, Adam Beach attended the Western Indian Gaming Conference at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. There he was overheard to say he's signed a 6-year, $12 million deal to appear on Law & Order: SVU. His Chester Lake character will become a regular, replacing Fin Tutuola (Ice-T), and will develop a romance with ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal).
This is big news in the world of TV Indians. Native actors have had recurring roles before: Elaine Miles on Northern Exposure, Michael Horse on Twin Peaks and Roswell, Larry Sellars on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Graham Greene on Wolf Lake, John Redcorn on King of the Hill. But this may be the first time a Native actor has had a starring role on an American network TV show. For the next six years, Adam Beach will be solving crimes and portraying a modern Indian on a weekly basis.
Congratulations to Adam for snagging this plum assignment. No doubt he got it because of his fine work in Flags of Our Fathers. Now he won't have to worry where his next paycheck is coming from.