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Actors, actresses and musicians you may not have known have native american heritage

With more than five million people of Native American descent living in the United States, it’s not surprising that many famous people who are in the arts and entertainment industries are members of one of the many tribes on record, or their ancestors were.

While investigating what famous people claim Native American blood, it’s clear that you have to go on self-reporting, for the most part. It’s pretty widely known that Elvis was directly descended from the Cherokee Nation, for instance.

Other celebrities who claim Native American origin have caused more controversy. Cher said that she had 1/16 Cherokee blood after releasing her single, “Half Breed,” in the 1970s. Her claims were widely disputed, and her choice to wear a typical Plains Indian headdress while performing the song on Sonny and Cher didn’t win anyone over. Particularly, since the Cherokee are Southeastern Indians and did not wear that sort of headdress.

There are many actors and musicians whose Native American ancestry may be less obvious. Jimi Hendrix, Tori Amos, Chuck Norris, and Angelina Jolie come to mind. Let’s take a look at some other celebrities you may not have known have at least some Native American heritage.

Benjamin Bratt


Jimi Hendrix


Hendrix was one-quarter Cherokee, through his grandmother.

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Tori Amos


Tori Amos is of Cherokee ancestry on her mother’s side.

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Will Rogers


The quintessential American entertainer, Rogers was part Cherokee.

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Lou Diamond Phillips


Lou Diamond Phillips — best known by many for his role as Richie Valens in La Bambais partially of Cherokee descent.

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Ben Harper


Ben Harper’s father is of Cherokee ancestry.

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Kid Cudi


Kid Cudi’s father is of partial Native American ancestry.

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Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie’s mother, the late Marcheline Bertrand, claimed Native American ancestry. She and her partner, Native American activist and poet John Trudell, founded the All Tribes Foundation to benefit Native Americans.

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Rosario Dawson


Rosario’s biological father was reportedly of Native American and Irish descent.

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Johnny Depp


“I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line,” Johnny Depp told Entertainment Weekly. “My great grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek.”

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Heather Locklear


Heather Locklear is said to be of Lumbee ancestry on her father’s side. Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

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Jessica Biel


Jessica Biel’s mother’s family is part Native American.

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Jennifer Tilly


Jennifer Tilly’s mother was of partial Native American ancestry.

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Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz’s mother is of Native American descent.

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Mandy Moore


Singer-actress Mandy Moore is of Cherokee descent.

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Miley Cyrus


Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, talks often of his family’s Cherokee heritage.

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Joe Jonas


Joe Jonas — and therefore, of course, the rest of the JoBros — are reportedly of Cherokee ancestry on their father’s side.

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Elvis Presley


Elvis Presley’s great-great-great grandmother, Morning White Dove, was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.

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Anthony Kiedis


The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman’s grandmother was of Mohican ancestry.

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Chuck Norris


Chuck Norris’s father, Ray Norris, was of Cherokee ancestry.

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Burt Reynolds


Burt Reynolds’s father was of Irish-Cherokee descent.

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Chief Red Fox, Silent Film Actor

Tokalu Luta was born on 11 June 1870, on the Pine Ridge Reservation,Thunder Butte, in the Dakota Territory. He was a Ogala Lakota Sioux Native American. He became known as Chief William Red Fox. His father was Chief Black Eagle and his mother was White Swan, the sister of Chief Crazy Horse. Thus, he was a nephew of the famous Sioux leader Chief Crazy Horse.

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Floyd Red Crow Westerman is probably best known for his role in the western epic ‘Dances with Wolves.’ Today, Westerman is also involved with other projects that bring awareness to subjects like the environment.

“Most people are now talking about sovereignty, we were talking about it way back then!” That’s the statement that Native American actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman said when talking about the American Indian Movement (AIM) and its goals toward making the Nation aware of Native American rights more than thirty years ago.

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