~ FAMOUS NATIVE AMERICANS ~
~ OF THE PRESENT DAY ~






Adam Beach (Actor)
*1972, Salteaux-Ojibwa

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Alex(andrea) Kawisenhawe Rice (Actress)
Mohawk

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Arvel Bird (Musician)
*1961?, Shivwit Paiute / Metis

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August Schellenberg (Actor)
Mohawk

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Benjamin Bratt (Actor)
*1963, Quechua / Peruvian tribe

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Bill Miller (Musician)
Mohican

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Bill Reid (Carver, Poet)
*1920-1998, Haida

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Billy Mills (1964 Olympic Gold Medallist, Author, Spokesperson)
*1938, Oglala Lakota

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Billy Two Rivers (Wrestler, Politician)
*1935, Mohawk

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Blackfire (Musician)
Navajo (Clayson, Jeneda and Klee Bennaly)

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Branscombe Richmond (Actor, Musician)
*1956, Aleutian

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Brule (Musician)
Paul LaRoche: Lower Brule Lakota
Nicole LaRoche: Lower Brule Lakota
John Lone Eagle: Apache / Cherokee
Shane: Lower Brule Lakota


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Buffalo Child (Actor)
Plains Cree

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Buffy Sainte-Marie (Musician)
*1941, Cree

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Chris Eyre (Director, Producer, Actor)
*1968, Cheyenne-Arapaho

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Clan/Destine (Musician)
Frank Poocha: Pima / Hopi (Keyboads, Vocals)
Chuck Harris: Hopi / Papago (Guitarist)
David A. Montour: Mohawk / Cayuga / Potawatomi / Ottawa (Bass, Flute, Vocals)
Juan Sanchez: Oglala Lakota / Pueblo (Vocals, Percussion)
Steve Gatlin: Caucasian (Drummer)
Derrick "Suwaima" Davis: Hopi / Choctaw (Hoop Dancer)


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Cody Lightning (Actor)
*1986, Plains Cree

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Crystle Lightning (Actress, Model)
*1981, Plains Cree

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Dakota House (Actor)
*1974, Cree

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Daphne Odjig (Painter)
*1919, Odawa / Potawatomi / Ojibwa

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Darrell Dennis (Actor, Comedian, Writer)
Shushwap

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Dennis Banks (Civil Rights Activist, Leader, Author, co-founder of the AIM)
*1937, Ojibwa

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Don Shanks (Actor)
*1950, Cherokee / Illinois / Choctaw descent

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Duane Loken (Actor)
Comanche

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Eddie Hatcher (Political Prisoner)
*1957, Tuscarora

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Eddie Spears (Actor)
*1982, Lakota

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Elaine Miles (Actress)
*1960, Cayuse / Nez Perce (and a member of the Umatilla tribe)

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Eric Schweig (Actor, Carver)
*1967, Inuit / Chippewa

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Evan Adams (Actor, Author, Award Winner, Doctor: Obstetrician)
*1966, Coast Salish

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Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Actor, Musician: Singer, Poet)
*1936, Dakota

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Gary Farmer (Actor)
*1953, Cayuga

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George Leach (Actor, Musician: Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter, Visual Artist)
Sta'atl'imx

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Gerald Auger (Director, Actor, Model, Fashion designer)
Cree

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Gordon Tootoosis (Actor)
Cree / Stoney descent

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Graham Greene (Actor, Director)
*1952, Oneida

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Gregg Rainwater (Actor)
*1966, Osage / Cherokee

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Irene Bedard (Actress, Musician)
*1967, Inuit / Cree

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Jennifer Podemski (Actress, Producer)
*1974?, Salteaux-Ojibwa

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Joanne Shenandoah (Musician: Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Composer)
Oneida

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John Bennett Herrington (Former NASA Astronaut)
*1958, Chickasaw

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John Trudell (Musician)
*1946, Santee

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Johnny Cash (Musician)
*1932-2003, Cherokee (Unconfirmed)

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Jonathon Brewer (Actor)
*1977, Blood Blackfeet

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Joseph Firecrow (Musician)
*1959, Northern Cheyenne

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Keith Secola (Musician)
*1957, Ojibwa

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Kevin Locke (Hoop Dancer, Musician)
Hunkpapa Lakota / Chippewa

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Kimberly Norris-Guerrero (Actress)
Colville / Salish-Kootenai / Cherokee

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Leonard Peltier (Political Prisoner)
*1944, Chippewa / Lakota

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Litefoot (Actor, Rapper, Motivational Speaker)
*1969, Cherokee

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Loma L. Mathias (TV Host, Musician, Song- & Script-Writer, Producer)
Ojibwa / Metis

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Lou Diamond Phillips (Actor, Director, Writer)
*1962, Filipino / Hawaiian / Chinese / Spanish / Scottish-Irish / eighth Cherokee

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Louise Erdrich (Writer)
*1954, Chippewa

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Maria Tallchief (Dancer, Teacher)
*1925, Osage

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Mariel Belanger (Model, Actress, Host)
*1973, Okanagan

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Mark (Redsky) Prior (Actor, Artist)
*1964?, Ojibwa

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Michael Greyeyes (Actor, Choreographer)
*1967, Plains Cree

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Michael Horse (Actor, Artist, Activist)
*1951?, Yaqui / Zuni / Mescalero Apache descent


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Michael Spears (Actor)
*1977, Lakota


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Michelle Thrush (Actress)
Cree

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Mishi Donovan (Musician: Singer/Songwriter, Actress)
Chippewa / Cree

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N. Scott Momaday (Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Artist, Professor of english & american literature)
*1934, Kiowa

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Naomi Lang (Ice Dancer)
*1978, Karuk

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Nathaniel Arcand (Actor)
*1971, Plains Cree

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Noah Watts (Actor)
Crow / Blackfeet descent

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Pato Hoffmann (Actor)
Aymara / Quechua

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R. Carlos Nakai (Musician)
*1946, Navajo / Ute

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Rita Coolidge (Musician, Actress) >>> Walela
*1945, Cherokee

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Robert Mirabal (Musician)
*1967?, Taos Pueblo

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Rodney A. Grant (Actor)
*1959, Omaha

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Russell Means (Civil Rights Activist, Actor, Politician)
*1939, Oglala Lakota

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Ryan Black (Actor)
*1973, Salteaux-Ojibwa

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Saginaw Grant (Dancer, Actor, Writer)
*1936, Sac and Fox / Iowa / Otoe / Ponca

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Santee Smith (Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic director)
*1971, Mohawk

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Sarah Podemski (Actress, Dancer)
*1982/83?, Salteaux-Ojibwa

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Sean Wei Mah (Actor)
*1976, Cree

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Shawn Michael Perry (Actor, Musician: Singer/Songwriter, Educator, Activist)
Salish / Panamanian (of Mayan ancestry)

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Sheila Tousey (Actress)
Menominee / Stockbridge-Munsee

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Sherman Alexie (Writer, Director, Producer)
*1966, Spokane / Coeur d'Alene

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Simon Baker (Actor)
*1986, Cree

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Steve Reevis (Actor)
Blackfeet

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Tamara Podemski (Actress, Musician: Singer/Songwriter)
*1977, Salteaux-Ojibwa

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Tantoo Cardinal (Actress)
*1950, Cree / Metis

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Tomson Highway (Writer, Director, Musician)
*1951, Cree

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Tristan Thunderbolt (Actor, Comedian, Dancer, Writer)
*1961?, Ojibwa

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Ulali (Musician)
Pura Fé: Tuscarora
Soni Moreno: Apache / Yaqui / Mayan
Jennifer Kreisberg: Tuscarora


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Walela (Musician)
Rita Coolidge: Cherokee
Laura Satterfield: Cherokee
Priscilla Coolidge: Cherokee


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Wayne "Gino" Odjik (Former Hockey Player)
*1970, Algonquin

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Wayquay (Musician: Singer/Songwriter, Actress)
Ojibwa

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Wes Studi (Actor, Musician, Director)
*1947, Cherokee

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Wilma Mankiller (Chief of the Cherokee Nation)
*1945, Cherokee

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Zahn McClarnon (Actor)
Hunkpapa Lakota

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Last Update: December 10, 2005