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Morningstar Angeline (she, her, they), born as Morningstar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, NM, to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Shawn Chippewa. She was later adopted by Daniel Harold Freeland and raised in Gallup, NM. She is a queer Navajo, Chippewa Cree, Blackfeet, and Latinx woman.

Angeline began acting in theatre as a child and continued studying acting and writing throughout her schooling. In 2014 she made her feature debut as Nizhoni Smiles in Drunktown's Finest at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Angeline has starred in feature films such as 2021's Keyhole Garden, 2019's the Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, and television series including Amazon's Outer Range, Paramount's Yellowstone, Netflix's Chambers, and HBO's This Much I Know Is True.

Morningstar's directing filmography includes short films SeedsCan't Have It Both Ways, and Yá’át’ééh Abiní, as well as the upcoming feature documentary, Waveguides. In addition, she has worked in AD, camera, casting, and location departments and has received awards from the American Indian Film Festival, Institute of American Indian Arts and was honored by the New Mexico Film and TV Hall of Fame. In 2019, she co-produced and starred in Blackhorse Lowe's feature FUKRY and assisted Zack Snyder on his 2021 film Army of the Dead.

She is a fellow of several filmmaking labs including the 2018 Sundance Indigenous Lab and serves on the Board of Directors of the mixed-media company Tse'Nato'.



2021 ImagineNATIVE Director's Lab Fellow


2020 Vision Maker Media Short Film Fellow

2020 Native American Feature Writers Lab Fellow

2018 Sundance Institute Indigenous Lab Fellow







2020 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival

Best Leading Actress Nominee for 'The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw' 

2019 American Indian Film Festival

Best Actress Nominee for 'The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw' 

2018 New Mexico Film & TV Hall of Fame

‘Rising Star’ Honoree

2017 IAIA Cinema Showcase

Best Acting Performance for 'Raven'

2014 American Indian Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress for 'Drunktown’s Finest'


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