Western Channel Salutes 'Tonto'

11/12/2002 6:53 AM Eastern

We all know about "Black History Month" and "Hispanic Heritage Month." Now, Starz Encore Group LLC's Westerns is looking to raise the profile of National American Indian Heritage Month -- November.

The network announced Tuesday that it will salute Jay Silverheels with The Lone Ranger series and some movies included in its daylong "Six-Gun Salute" marathon of programming scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Nov. 30.

Besides five episodes of The Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore, Westerns will offer such Silverheels movie credits as Brave Warrior, The Pathfinder, Last of the Comanches and The Nebraskan.

Silverheels -- a onetime boxer and lacrosse player before becoming a movie stuntman -- was born on a Canadian reservation to a Mohawk chief, the Westerns announcement pointed out.

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