‘Old grandma was taken care of!’: Fort Belknap elder appears on ‘Yellowstone’

Nora Mabie

Nakoda elder Faye Filesteel made an appearance in the fourth episode of season five around the 30-minute mark, where she plays Monica’s (Kelsey Asbille) grandmother. The episode includes a burial ceremony for Monica and Kayce’s (Luke Grimes) child. Monica, an Indigenous character in the show, cuts her hair and places her braid on the child’s coffin, which is traditional in some Native cultures. The camera pans to Filesteel, who is wearing her own ribbon skirt and black shirt. She holds a bouquet of flowers and looks sorrowful as she gazes at the coffin. Filesteel will also appear in episode five of the show — this time, as a member of the tribal council.

Faye Filesteel was an extra on season five of “Yellowstone.” She is seen in a burial scene, holding flowers. 

Provided by “Yellowstone,” which streams on Paramount

Filesteel, 84, is a retired teacher at Harlem Public Schools who says she has “so many (grandchildren) I’ve lost count.” She said she had a great time on set in Darby and was impressed that many

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