There are many actors and musicians whose Native American ancestry may be less obvious. Jimi Hendrix, Tori Amos, and Chuck Norris were surprises to me. So was Angelina Jolie, for that matter. It didn’t really occur to me to wonder where these people were from, or from whom they were descended, so there ethnicity isn’t shocking. I’d just never considered it.
Benjamin Bratt’s mother was a Peruvian Quechua Indian from Lima.
Hendrix was one-quarter Cherokee, through his grandmother.
Tori Amos is of Cherokee ancestry on her mother’s side.
The quintessential American entertainer, Rogers was part Cherokee.
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Lou Diamond Phillips — best known by many for his role as Richie Valens in La Bamba — is partially of Cherokee descent
Ben Harper’s father is of Cherokee ancestry
Kid Cudi’s father is of partial Native American ancestry
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
Rosario’s biological father was reportedly of Native American and Irish descent
“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.”
Heather Locklear is said to be of Lumbee ancestry on her father’s side
Jessica Biel’s mother’s family is part Native American
Jennifer Tilly’s mother was of partial Native American ancestry
Cameron Diaz’s mother is of Native American descent
Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, talks often of his family’s Cherokee heritage
Joe Jonas — and therefore, of course, the rest of the JoBros — are reportedly of Cherokee ancestry on their father’s side
Elvis Presley’s great-great-great grandmother, Morning White Dove, was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman’s grandmother was of Mohican ancestry
Chuck Norris’s father, Ray Norris, was of Cherokee ancestry
Burt Reynolds’s father was of Irish-Cherokee descent