J. Carlos Peinado is a registered member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. He left the Fort Berthold reservation in 1980, attending high school in New Hampshire, and stayed East to complete his undergraduate degree in filmmaking and cultural anthropology at Dartmouth College. During this time, Peinado completed his first documentary, Harry's House, a film about the Hopi and Navajo land dispute in Northern Arizona. In 1992, he moved to New York City to pursue careers as a filmmaker and an actor. He had a leading role in the TNT production, The Broken Chain (1994), and was also featured in the TNT film, Crazy Horse (1996). Peinado worked as a field producer for WNBC and was the Public Relations Coordinator for the American Indian Community House in New York. Upon moving West, he became an award-winning creative director for Native Peoples Magazine, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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