Charley Flyte is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge, and her mother is Upper Mohawk from Six Nations. She is also of English, Scottish and Scandinavian descent. She studied Film at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and acting at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Native Voices at the Autry ensemble.
Some of her favorite roles include Rachel in It Will Be Okay, a young mother who crosses over to the other side after a devastating car crash, and must convince her husband to stay alive for the sake of their daughter. In Mummer, she played a (seemingly) sweet young mail-order bride with a supernatural guardian and a hidden taste for vengeance. In Rush, she played a tough but good-hearted First Nations woman, Rosie, tasked with teaching a delicate and naive young woman how to stay alive in the unforgiving Yukon.
She has also written and directed two short films, I Would Die For You and 1:17 AM, has had poetry published in Spork Magazine and Ice Floe Press. Her short film script, CHARLA, was a Finalist for the 2019 Sundance Native Filmmaker Fellowship Lab.
She was raised with the Indigenous values of honoring the Earth and her peoples (the humans, the animals, the plants), and of being a "good relative." This world and this life is a gift from the Creator. We are but one part of this ecosystem, this gorgeous living organism that is our world, our Earth. Because of this, she is a passionate advocate for a healthy environment, healthy water as a human right (#MniWiconi #WaterIsLife), healthy soils, seedkeeping, animal rights, and fair and equitable treatment and respect for all peoples.
She love to paint, draw, bead, read non-fiction, thrillers and sci-fi, climb rocks, run fast, and submit herself to self-torture in either kundalini or hot yoga.