Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Native American

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


Benjamin Bratt’s mother was a Peruvian Quechua Indian from Lima.


Jimi Hendrix


Hendrix was one-quarter Cherokee, through his grandmother.


Tori Amos

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


Will Rogers

The quintessential American entertainer, Rogers was part Cherokee.


Lou Diamond Phillips

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


Ben Harper

Ben Harper’s father is of Cherokee ancestry


Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s father is of partial Native American ancestry


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


Rosario Dawson

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


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.”


Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear is said to be of Lumbee ancestry on her father’s side


Jessica Biel

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


Jennifer Tilly


Jennifer Tilly’s mother was of partial Native American ancestry


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz’s mother is of Native American descent


Mandy Moore


 is of Cherokee descent


Miley Cyrus


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


Joe Jonas


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


Elvis Presley


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


Anthony Kiedis

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


Chuck Norris

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


Burt Reynolds


Burt Reynolds’s father was of Irish-Cherokee descent

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