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Native American Ancestry

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Notable Native Americans

The Arrival

Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples or First Nation no matter what you know them by have made significant contributions to what is now the United States of America. They first set foot on this continent by crossing the land bridge (now the Behring Straight) linking Asia to North America near Alaska. From here, they spread through-out North America and into Mexico. The earliest migrations took place over 12,000 years ago. Since this time, Native Americans have been contributing to our society both culturally and through their many achievements.

Contemporary Native Americans

Today, there are approximately 560 federally recognized Native American tribes within the United States. Many face an uncertain situation yet they remain a vibrant and resourceful people, ready to contribute.

You already know a number of famous individuals that have been woven into the cultural fabric that we know as America. But did you know that all of these contributors to the American story have Native American ancestry?

Celebrities

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Angelina Jolie

Actress

Hauden-Saunee and Iroquis

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Johnny Depp

Actor

Cherokee, Creek

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Brad Pitt

Actor

Seminole, Cherokee

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James Earl Jones

Actor

Choctaw, Cherokee

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Miley Cyrus

Actress/Singer

Cherokee

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Kevin Kostner

Actor

Cherokee

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Willie Nelson

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Poet, Activist

Cherokee

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Elvis Presley

Singer, Actor

Cherokee

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Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Cherokee

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Heather Locklear

Actress

Lumber Tribe

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Kim Basinger

Actress

Cherokee

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Chuck Norris

Actor

Cherokee

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Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host

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Tommy Lee Jones

Actor

Cherokee

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James Brown

Singer

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Beyoncé Knowles

Singer

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Chris Tucker

Actor

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Snoop Dog

Rapper

Native American

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Ciara

Singer

Apache

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Wentworth Miller

Actor

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Actor

Cherokee

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Val Kilmer

Actor

Cherokee

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Megan Fox

Actress

Cherokee

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Carmen Electra

Actress

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Rosario Dawson

Actress

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André Benjamin

Actor

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Cameron Diaz

Actress

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Jessica Biel

Actress

Choctaw

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Hilary Swank

Actress

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Vivica A. Fox

Actress

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Kristin Chenoweth

Singer

Cherokee

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Dolly Parton

Actress

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Cher

Actress

Cherokee

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Tori Amos

Singer

Cherokee

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Anthony Kedis

Singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Mohican

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Jonas Brothers

Musicians

Cherokee

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Mandy Moore

Actress

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Quentin Tarantino

Actor

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Queen Latifah

Actress

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Freddie Prinze Jr.

Actor

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Nelly

Singer

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Virginia Madsen

Actress

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Michael Madsen

Actor

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Fairuza Balk

Actress

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Marques Houston

Actor

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The Game

Singer

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Kathie Lee Gifford

Talk show host

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Robbie Robertson

Musician

Science & Technology

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John Herrington

Astronaut (First Native American to travel in space)

Chickasaw Nation

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Mary Ross

Aerospace Engineer (Grand Daughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross) First Native American female engineer

Cherokee

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Jani Ingram PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Research Scientist. Taught at Dartmouth College and University of Miami

Navajo

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Jerrel Yakel PhD

NIH Neuroscientist

Luiseno and La Hoya

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Marigold Linton PhD

Cognitive Psychologist, Great Grand Daughter of Antonio Garra, War Chief of the Cupeno

Chuilla-Cupeno

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Athletes

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Tiger Woods

Hall of fame Golfer

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Charles Barkley

Hall of fame Basketball Player

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Joe “The Boss” Hipp

Retired Professional Boxer (1995 World Heavyweight Challenger)

Blackfeet Tribe

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Notah Begay III

Professional Golfer, Golf Analyst (100% Native American)

Navajo, San Felipe, Isleta

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Christopher “Chris” Wondolowski

Professional U.S. Soccer Player

Kiowa Tribe, Oklahoma

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Jacoby Ellsberry

Professional Baseball Player (Center Field)

Navajo

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Joba Chamberlain

Professional Baseball Player (Relief Pitcher)

Winnebago

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Sam Bradford

Professional Football Player (Heisman Trophy Winner, Quarterback)

Cherokee

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Shoni Schimmel

WNBA Professional Basketball Player

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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Judges & Statesmen

The First Statesman

One of the first achievers was Squanto (1581-1622). As a teenager on what is now Cape Cod he first met a group of Europeans led by Captain George Weymouth. He learned to speak English and returned to England with them. Later, he traveled back to what is now America. However, he didn't stay here long as he and 19 other members of his tribe were taken captive by Weymouth, brought back to England and sold as slaves. Years later, Squanto once again found his way back to America. When the Pilgrims landed, and since Squanto could speak English, he helped establish a treaty between the local Native Americans and the Pilgrims. He helped the Pilgrims settle in these new lands by teaching them to fish, grow local crops, and survive through the winter. Despite the way he was treated in England, he still wanted peace and to help the settlers. The Pilgrims would likely have not survived without Squanto's help.

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Diane Humetewa

First Native American woman and tribal member to serve as a federal judge

Hopi Tribe

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Byron Mallott

Lt. Governor of Alaska

Native American leader of Tingit Nation

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Tom Cole

Congressman from Oklahoma

Chickasaw Nation

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Markwayne Mullin

Congressman from Oklahoma

Cherokee Nation

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