The Chiefs are a Native American stand-up comedy troupe made up of JR Redwater (Standing Rock Lakota), Jim Ruel (Bay Mills Ojibwe), Shishonia (Navajo) and, at left, Adam Beach (Ojibwe). Their credits are wide ranging: Ruel was an electrical engineering student at Stanford University who performed at the "World Stands Up" comedy show in London.
Shishonia, who is also of Italian ancestry, has comedy club experience and has taught improve both to high school and university students at UCLA. Redwater, "the Reservation Sensation," is a motivational speaker and Navy vet who just finished work on a comedy special for TV. And Beach is a familiar face to fans of the HBO series "Big Love" and the Clint Eastwood film "Flags of Our Fathers."