Irene Bedard will be attending the Festival as part of an acting workshop hosted by SAG’s President’s National Task Force for American Indians. The workshop will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Born and raised in Alaska, Irene Bedard is the daughter of an Inupiaq mother and a French Canadian/Cree father. Her first role was the lead in Disney ‘s film Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale. Her next role in Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. Her portrayals of native American women in the Robert Redford-produced Grand Ave, TNT’s Crazy Horse, Naturally Native, Disney’s animated Pocahontas for which she provided her voice and likeness, Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre, and Steven Spielberg’s Into the West and more have won her 15 best actress and best supporting actress awards. She has participated in various musical albums, such as an Alaskan native storytelling album set to music with an accompanying book. She continues her charitable work with her non-profit organization Dream Inspiration for Native Youth. As a producer with Bundle of Arrows, her upcoming projects will utilize full native American casts and crews.