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

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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

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Jimi Hendrix

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Hendrix was one-quarter Cherokee, through his grandmother.

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Tori Amos

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

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Will Rogers

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The quintessential American entertainer, Rogers was part Cherokee.

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Lou Diamond Phillips

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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

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Ben Harper’s father is of Cherokee ancestry.

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Kid Cudi

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

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Angelina Jolie

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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

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

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Johnny Depp

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“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

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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

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

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Jennifer Tilly

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

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Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz’s mother is of Native American descent.

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Mandy Moore

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Singer-actress Mandy Moore is of Cherokee descent.

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Miley Cyrus

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

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Joe Jonas

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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

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

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Anthony Kiedis

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

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Chuck Norris

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

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Burt Reynolds

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

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