Pine Ridge's Tokata Iron Eyes turns superhero in Marvel show
Added 01-25-20 02:22:01am EST - “Marvel's Hero Project is out to prove that superheroes live among us. One of those superheroes is activist, public speaker and high school student Tokata Iron Eyes of Pine Ridge.” - Washingtontimes.com
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Marvel’s Hero Project is out to prove that superheroes live among us. One of those superheroes is activist, public speaker and high school student Tokata Iron Eyes of Pine Ridge.
Tokata, 16, is featured in a recent streaming episode of Marvel’s Hero Project. Her superhero moniker is “Thrilling Tokata.” The show is available exclusively on Disney+. Marvel Entertainment, the powerhouse behind superhero movies and comics, launched this new non-scripted reality series to showcase ordinary kids accomplishing extraordinary things.
“It’s a very surreal thing. Disney is a huge media outlet and there’s not a lot of representation for indigenous communities anywhere. It’s such a profound honor,” Tokata told the Rapid City Journal. “It shows progress in a special way. We deserve to be the heroes of our own stories again.”
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Marvel’s Hero Project highlights 20 kids ages 11 to 16. Some are overcoming disabilities. Some, like Tokata, are activists. Some see problems around them and find creative solutions, such as growing an urban garden to feed the hungry. In every episode, Marvel surprises these young heroes who dedicated themselves to performing selfless acts of bravery, kindness and betterment by welcoming them into Marvel’s Hero Project.
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