Native American Actors

Of note, Iron Eyes Cody claimed to be but was in fact not.
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Russell Means
Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination...
“ Oglala Lakota, also has Dakota ancestry. ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Yaqui ” - pgrass13
 
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Wes Studi
Actor, Avatar
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves...
“ CHerokee ” - pgrass13
 
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Steve Reevis
Actor, Fargo
Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. After junior college, he left the reservation in Montana to try to begin an acting career in Los Angeles...
“ Blackfoot ” - pgrass13
 
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Adam Beach
Adam Beach was born in Ashern, Manitoba, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg...
“ Saulteaux ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Oneida ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Navajo actor ” - pgrass13
 
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Rodney A. Grant
Native American actor, Rodney Arnold Grant was born the 9th of March, 1959. After his biological parents abandoned him, his grandparents raised him from 6 months of age, up until 1982. Rodney has five adult children: three daughters from his ex-wife, all of which were raised by their mother, and two sons from previous relationships...
“ Omaha ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Cherokee and Chichimeca ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Inuit and Ojibwe ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree and Métis ” - pgrass13
 
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Gordon Tootoosis
A Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Gordon Tootosis made his film debut in the western film Alien Thunder with Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George. Tootoosis holds several acting roles in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall, the role of 'Growling Bear'...
“ Cree and Stoney ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Cree ” - pgrass13
 
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Jay Silverheels
Familiar Canadian Indian actor who shot to fame as Tonto, the faithful Indian companion of the masked man on the US television series The Lone Ranger. A member of the Mohawk tribe of Canada's Six Nations Reserve, Silverheels excelled at wrestling, horse racing, football, boxing, and hockey, and became a renowned lacrosse player...
“ Iroquois ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Wappo ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Coast Salish ” - pgrass13
 
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Gary Farmer
Actor, Dead Man
Gary Dale Farmer is a Canadian character actor with plenty of character. With over 100 Film and TV appearances attached to his resume, and plenty more in the pipeline, Gary has shown he can adapt easily to any genre when necessary. He was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, into the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan...
“ Iroquois ” - pgrass13
 
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John Trudell
John Trudell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican Indian mother. After a stint in the Navy (and Vietnam) from 1963 to 1969, he became involved with the American Indian Movement, becoming National Chairman in 1973. He held that position until 1979; it was then that his wife Tina...
“ Santee Sioux ” - pgrass13
 
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Chief Thundercloud
Victor Daniels was given the title of "Chief" in an honorary capacity and identified himself as Cherokee. His application for a social security number lists his birth date as April 12, 1899 and his birthplace as Arizona. Thundercloud was the first of nine children born to Jesus Daniels and Tomaca Daniels (as indicated on his social security application)...
“ CHerokee (possibly) ” - pgrass13
 
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Robert Beltran
Robert Adame Beltran was born in Bakersfield, California. He is the seventh of ten children, of Mexican-Native American ancestry, though Robert describes his heritage as Latindio. After finishing high school, he attended Fresno State College, where he graduated with a degree in theater arts. Beltran landed his first film role in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit in 1981...
 
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Tantoo Cardinal
Actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Arguably the most widely recognized Native Actress of her generation; Tantoo has appeared in numerous plays...
“ Métis ” - pgrass13
 
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Austin St. John
Austin St. John was born on September 17, 1974, in Roswell, New Mexico, to his parents Steve and Sharon Geiger, becoming brother to Stephen. Austin has been practicing martial arts since he was five and now holds a second-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do, a first-degree black belt in Judo, and he also practices Shenkito and Kenpo...
“ Largely a mutt though ” - pgrass13
 
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Will Sampson
A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales. He had supporting roles in Orca, The White Buffalo and Fish Hawk. In 1986...
“ Muscogee (Creek) ” - pgrass13
 
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Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Not fully but I think he is part, if I am wrong I will remove him. (Edit: I was considering removing him from the list but then I read this and so it appears he at least does genuinely care)http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/10/26/johnny-depp-donates-25000-scholarship-funds-navajo-nation-142422
Although that amount pays for about 1 person. ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Part Cree, part African American ” - pgrass13
 
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Eartha Kitt
An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent who became pregnant after being raped by a white plantation owner. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine...
“ Part Cherokee ” - pgrass13
 
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Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicized as Dan Slaholt) to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve No. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to George when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native language was discouraged, if not forbidden...
“ Coast Salish ” - pgrass13
 
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Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
A renowned American Indian activist-singer-songwriter.
“ Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Sioux ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Lakota ” - pgrass13
 
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Michael Spears
Born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and resides in Montana he has five brothers, one sister and is Lakota Sioux Tribe. His first role was in the film "Dances With Wolves" as Otter. Michael went onto appear in "Skins", "Into The West", "Yellow Rock", guest role on "Longmire" and in Cyril Morin's "The Activist" He has an APA Award for best subject matter in a film...
“ Lakota ” - pgrass13
 
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Benjamin Bratt
The middle of five children, Bratt hails from a close-knit family. His mother, an indigenous Quechua Peruvian from Lima, moved to the U.S. at age 14. He grew up in San Francisco. He is known for his roles in the films Traffic, Miss Congeniality, and Despicable Me 2. He is married to actress Talisa Soto.
“ Quechua
His parents participated int eh occupation of Alcatraz when he was a child. ” - pgrass13
 
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Will Rogers
World-famous, widely popular American humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films, Will Rogers graduated from military school, but his first real job was in the livestock business in Argentina, of all places. He transported pack animals across the South Atlantic from Buenos Aires to South Africa for use in the Boer War (1899-1902)...
“ CHerokee ” - pgrass13
 
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James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ While mostly African American , he is also of mixed ancestry including native american ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Part CHerokee ” - pgrass13
 
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Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman, The Delta Force and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection. He also starred in Missing in Action and its sequels, Firewalker and Sidekicks. He was an executive producer of Walker, Texas Ranger as well as the star. Chuck Norris was born in Ryan...
“ Part Cherokee ” - pgrass13
 
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Charlyne Yi
Actress, Knocked Up
Californian Charlyne Yi has many strings to her bow as an actress, comedian, writer, musician and artist. She was born in Los Angeles, to Lydia and Luciano Yi. After attending the University of California, Riverside, she left and began a career as a comedian. Her innovative routine includes jokes, music, magic and crowd participation...
“ Mix of a lot of things including Native American ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Apache, Yaqui and Pueblo (as well as White) ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Comanche and Apache ” - pgrass13
 
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Acquanetta
Aquanetta was a B-rated movie actress (born as Mildred Davenport) in Ozone, Wyoming in 1921. She was nicknamed the "Venezualan Volcano" by Universal Studios. She starred in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman. Acquanetta also had small parts in Arabian Nights, Jungle Woman, Dead Man's Eyes, Lost Continent and The Legend of Grizzly Adams...
“ Arapaho (possibly, unknown for certain) ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Part Native American (among other things) ” - pgrass13
 
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Yvonne Delarosa
Actress, The Boatman
Latin American beauty, DeLaRosa first hit Hollywood radar when famed comedy director, Betty Thomas, saw her and cast her as the series regular lead in the 20th Century Fox/Regency pilot Senor White for the FOX network, beating out every other Latina and Star name in Hollywood. In just a few years...
 
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Sheri Foster
Actress, U Turn
“ CHerokee ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Choctaw and Chickasaw ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Navajo ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Part Apache ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Cayuse and Nez Perce ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Part CHerokee ” - pgrass13
 
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Red Wing
Red Wing was born on February 13, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation, Nebraska, USA as Lillian St. Cyr. Her parents were Julia De Cora (Winnebago) and Mitchell St. Cyr (French Canadian and Sauk). She was graduated in 1902 from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Red Wing was an actress famous for her starring role in Hollywood's first feature Western,The Squaw Man...
“ Winnebago ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Winnebago and Nanticoke ” - pgrass13
 
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Actress, I Am Legend
Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall. However...
“ Mixed including Native American ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Penobscot ” - pgrass13
 
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Sheila Tousey
Actress, Ravenous
Born in Keshena, Wisconsin, Tousey is a Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Indian, raised on both the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Reservations. A professional dancer and actress, Tousey began Indian dancing as a small child but did not perform on stage until she attended the University of New Mexico...
“ Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee ” - pgrass13
 
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Misty Upham
Actress, Frozen River
Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen she was writing and directing short skits and performing on tours throughout the northwest...
“ Blackfeet ” - pgrass13
 
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Kim Winona
Actress, Brave Eagle
A full blooded Sioux Indian, Kim spent her childhood on the rosebud reservation in South Dakota. When she was 17, she and her parents moved to Spokane, Wash. where she met her husband who was also of Indian extraction. At this time she had no theatrical aspirations. Soon after her marriage they moved to Los Angeles...
“ Sioux ” - pgrass13
 
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“ Seminole-Muscogee ” - pgrass13
 
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Apesanahkwat
Apesanahkwat is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. He has been elected Tribal Chairman of his tribe 8 times, which is unprecedented. He served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Combat Veteran. Apesanahkwat is widely considered by his peers to be one of the foremost knowledgeable originators of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA)...
“ Menominee ” - pgrass13
 
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Saginaw Grant
Saginaw is the Hereditary Chief and a respected member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations. In 1936, Saginaw Morgan Grant was born to Sarah and Austin Grant Sr. at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma with two brothers and one sister...
“ Sauk and Otoe-Missouria ” - pgrass13