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Nakia

Title Card - NAKIA

ABC Network
1974
Drama
60 Minutes

Contemporary police drama set in Concord,  New Mexico about Davis County deputy sheriff, Nakia Parker (Robert Forster), a full-blooded Navajo Native American who was often in conflict with his people's customs and white man's law.

Nakia was anxious to promote the peace and serve the citizens of his district. That could include being an advocate for his tribe to save an historic mission that the city council wanted to sell to an influential land developer; protecting a Navajo physician from one of his former psychiatric patients; or breaking up a fight at "Jackies," a local bar.

One such fight got Nakia blamed for murder when the rowdy customer he subdued (knocked out) at the bar the night before turned up dead the next day. Luckily, Nakia proved the man was killed by his younger teenage brother who had a disagreement with his sibling. 

Nakia's fellow officers and friends included:

  • Arthur Kennedy as Sheriff Sam Jericho
  • Taylor Lacher as Deputy Hubbel Martin
  • Victor Jory as Ben Redearth
  • John Tenorio Jr. as Half Cub
  • Gloria DeHaven as Irene James

Arthur Kennedy and Robert Forster - NAKIA
Sam Jericho and Nakia Parker


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TRIVIA NOTE: The series was filmed on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both Davis County and the town of Concord are fictional entities.

Prior to NAKIA, Robert Forster played Miles C. Banyon, a tough but honest 1930s Los Angeles private eye who offered his services for $20 a day plus expenses on the short-lived detective series BANYON/NBC/1972.

The episode "Roots of Anger" (11/30/1974) was the acting debut of Lynda Carter who played Helen, the beautiful young wife of an older man. Two years later, Carter earned fame as Diana Prince, the dark-haired beauty and crime fighter on the super-hero fantasy WONDER WOMAN/ABC/1976-79.

Obituaries: Victor Jory: 02/12/1982;  Arthur Kennedy: 01/05/1990; Taylor Lacher: 06/21/2005;


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