American Indian Actor and Activist, Martin Sensmeier, Visits the Lumbee Tribe’s Pembroke Boys & Girls Club 

Martin Sensmier talks with Dr. Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend, Youth Services Manager for the Lumbee Tribe

Published September 28, 2018

PEMBROKE, N.C. — Martin Sensmier, Alaska Native from the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan Tribe, is an actor and activist. Growing up, Sensmier attended the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska, which has taught him valuable lessons when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. He is currently an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services and promotes healthy eating habits.

Martin Sensmier with Boys & Girls Club staff

Sensmier visited Pembroke, North Carolina for the Distinguished Speaker Series at UNC-Pembroke. While in the community, he stopped by the Lumbee Tribe’s Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. Lumbee Tribe Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr., Dr. Rose Townsend and the Boys & Girls Club staff discussed with Sensmier some of the activities students do while participating the Boys & Girls Clubs. They talked about the Spring Moon Garden Patch. The Spring Moon Garden Patch represents the Lumbee Tribe’s way of getting youth back engaged with nature and healthy eating habits.

The Boys & Girls Club presented this gift to Sensmier

As Sensmier toured the Pembroke Boys & Girls Facility, he was extremely pleased and supportive of the Tribe’s efforts with engaging our students with culture and healthy eating habits. from my iPhone

Sensmier appeared in a leading role, as one of the “seven”, in the 2016 feature film The Magnificent Seven. In 2017, Sensmeier was cast in the lead role in the biopic, The Chickasaw Rancher portraying Montford Johnson, the man who built a ranching empire near the Chisholm Trail. Sensmeier joined the cast in the second (2018) season of the HBO television series Westworld, in the recurring role of Wanahton.

Rob Jacobs contributed to this article from Pembroke, North Carolina.

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