By birth, actress Alex Rice is a Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) and continues to be an active and proud member of the Mohawk Nation from Kahnawake throughout her career.
Though she was born on the Kahnawake reserve located in present day Quebec, Canada, Alex spend the majority of her childhood in Brooklyn, New York among a community of Mohawk ironworkers, where she trained to become a professional dancer. Little did she know that her life would change forever when she landed a part in an educational video produced at her grammar school. She discovered her true passion-acting.
Since then, Alex has successfully worked in the world of entertainment where she is best known for the role of Janet Pete (opposite Adam Beach and Wes Studi) in the continuing PBS Mystery Series based on the famous Tony Hillerman novels, executive produced by Robert Redford and directed by Chris Eyre (SKINWALKERS, COYOTE WAITS, A THIEF OF TIME).
In addition to mainstream television credits for guest-starring-roles on SPIN CITY, STRONG MEDICINE, C.S.I., THE SOPRANOS, WONDERFALLS, and the ABC miniseries DREAMKEEPER, Alex has also starred in several critically acclaimed independent features including ON THE CORNER (in which she plays the lead role of a heroin addicted street prostitute who tries to get her life together when her 15-year-old brother finds her living on the streets) and SACAJAWEA in the IMAX adventure, LEWIS AND CLARK: GREAT JOURNEY WEST.
Alex can be seen in several forthcoming projects including the Canadian independent feature, JOHNNY TOOTALL by Cree filmmaker Shirley Cheechoo, Terrance Mallick's THE NEW WORLD, and in A THOUSAND ROADS, directed by Chris Eyre for the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington, DC.
Special honors and awards include the Motion Pictures Award presented by the American Indian Film Institute for Best Actress (2003) for her reprisal of Janet Pete in COYOTE WAITS and the First American Award (2005) for her work in A THIEF IN TIME, presented by the First Americans in the Arts Committee.