Eagle - Set in the Black Mountain region of Wyoming during
the middle of the 19th century, the western series BRAVE
EAGLE/CBS/1955-56 starred Keith Larsen as Brave Eagle, a young
Cheyennes chief who faced the challenges of daily life with
neighboring tribes and White men. Brave Eagle rode a stallion named
Smokey, Morning Star, Keena and Brave Eagle
Also titled BRAVE EAGLE: CHIEF OF THE CHEYENNES, the series depicted
the struggles of Native American Indians from their viewpoint. The
Cheyennes lived near Fort Wilson, a newly constructed US Cavalry post.
While Brave Eagle and his tribe are peaceful, they sometimes have to
fend off attacks from the neighboring Piegan tribe.
Other Native American characters in the series included:
Keena Nomkeena, as Keena, Brave Eagle’s adopted son who survived a
Comanche attacked that killed members of his Lota Indian tribe. Brave
Eagle found Keena in a papoose.
Kim Winona (a full-blooded Sioux) as Morning Star, and Cheyenne
maiden and Brave Eagle's love interest
Bert Wheeler as Smokey, a sage, half-breed scout who wears a U.S.
Cavalry army jacket with sergeant stripes.
Pat Hogan as Black Cloud
TRIVIA NOTE: Produced by Roy Rogers’
Frontier Productions, the series was filmed on Roy Rogers’ 130-acre
ranch in Chatsworth, California and the Corriganville Ranch in Simi
The BRAVE EAGLE series was the first TV series to feature an
American Indian as a lead character.
The real name of the actor who played Brave Eagle's son, Keena is
Anthony Earl Numkena, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. He is a
full-blooded Indian of Hopi and Klamath descent.
According to an email sent to TV ACRES: "The change came about as a
result of Mr. Michael North, the executive producer (who) changed the
name to Keena to fit the part in the series. He also felt the name
Numkena (a Hopi name) looked too oriental and changed it to Nomkena. In
the later episodes it was changed to Numkena. The name Keena remained."